AAPI women experience unique labor issues and challenges. Women are often caregivers who are not recognized as part of the workforce or afforded the same worker rights and protections. Spouses of H1B Visa holders, oftentimes women, are unable to work as H4 visa holders. A disproportionate number of AAPI women participate in the informal economy which is work that contributes to the economy without the ability to document their work history. This impacts family unity.
The number of Asian Americans living in poverty in Arizona grew 75% between 2007 and 2013, a growth rate significantly higher than all other racial groups. The poverty rate among Asian American seniors is double the rate of White seniors (12% compared to 6%). From 2007 to 2013, the number of unemployed Asian Americans in Arizona more than doubled (116%). The unemployment rate among AAs and PIs in 2013 was 7% and 13%, respectively. 27% of unemployed Asian Americans in Arizona were out of work for a year or longer.
Asian Pacific Community in Action (APCA) is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization serving Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) and emerging communities in Arizona. APCA is headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. It is governed by a board of directors with 12 members.
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