Arizona 3rd worst for full-time jobs

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by Tanya Mendis

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azfamily.com

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 1:55 PM

PHOENIX -- Arizona ranks third-worst in the country for people looking for full-time employment, according to a new study by 24/7 Wall St.

We caught up with job seekers outside of the Workforce Connections office on 7th Street in Phoenix. They were not surprised by the new ranking.

"I come here every week," says single mom, Adelena Toody. "I file for my unemployment claims here. It's all I have is my employment to live on. It's kind of hard."

Toody has been looking for work for three months. Her unemployment runs out next week.

We caught up with Toody as she was waiting for the bus along with her 17-year-old daughter. Toody says she worries she will not be able to keep a roof over their heads much longer.

"I just pray," Toody says.

The study found several areas where Arizona struggles to compete with the rest of the country: an under-employment rate of 16 percent, an unemployment rate of 7.5%, and poor performance in labor force growth and GDP growth.

California and Nevada were the two states that performed worse than Arizona.

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