Posted October 07, 2018 07:16:33A federal appeals court is expected to rule next week on whether to release unemployment data for the state of Arizona.
The US Supreme Court is expected by mid-October to decide whether to hear a challenge to a decision to release the data, which was made in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of former and current state workers.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case that was brought by the Arizona Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and its director, Marjorie L. Smith.
Smith was the state’s top administrator from 2010 to 2014, before leaving in 2014 to head a separate nonprofit that was formed to assist the unemployed.DWD said it received a request for data on unemployment from a group called Americans United for Arizona, which sued over the data.
The plaintiffs claimed that the data would undermine the state and hurt businesses.
The data is due to the federal government by next week, and the state is seeking the data in the form of a separate, separate, public-records request.
“We are hopeful that the court will uphold our lawsuit,” said Joe Palomba, a spokesman for DWD.
The group that brought the lawsuit had argued that the state had failed to release a set of data that would allow it to analyze the data more efficiently.
The data is available for public use only under the Freedom of Information Act.
The appeals court has yet to make a ruling on the data requests.
The appeals court in January approved a lower court ruling that DWD could release the unemployment data if it complied with the court’s order to release data.
The latest data are the latest available on the number of jobs created in Arizona and the number lost since 2000, when the state adopted a $1.9 billion unemployment program that included a work requirement and limited benefits.
In August, the federal Labor Department reported that Arizona was among the states that had the most jobless workers, with more than 26 million.