ARIZONA'S TEEN JOBLESS RATE AMONG HIGHEST IN NATION - The current unemployment rate for teenage workers in Arizona is 29.4 percent, according to the Employment Policies Institute and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is up from 28.9 percent at the end of 2012 and 25.3 percent in 2011. Arizona ranks 7th on the list of 10 the states with the highest teen unemployment rates. Mississippi has the highest jobless rate, at 32.3 percent. One of the reasons cited for the high rates includes teens having more competition in the job market for service, retail and entry-level jobs. Read more from the Phoenix Business Journal.
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS PREPARATION UNDERWAY - It doesn't happen until next weekend, but tents already are going up on the University of Arizona campus for the Tucson Festival of Books. Chris Kopach, assistant vice president of Facilities Management at the UA, says there is a systematic way to set up the Mall for the festival and it takes a long time. Setup, which began Saturday in the rain, starts from the east side of the Mall near Campbell Avenue and works its way down the length of the Mall. More than 300 exhibitors and 450 authors are expected to attend, along with a predicted 125,000 visitors. Read more from the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
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2nd SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN THIS WEEKEND - The monthly, free, family-friendly event this Saturday begins at 4 p.m. with shows lasting into the late evening. The main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical groups, and there are plenty of activities for children. Food from vendors and downtown eateries will be available. Street parking is free on Saturdays, or you can pay $3 to park in the Pennington Street Garage. View 2nd Saturdays Downtown schedule.
TWO BIG BICYCLE EVENTS TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND - Enjoy a weekend of outdoor fun in Tucson and have the opportunity to watch a professional cycling event with some of the best athletes in the world in various races. The Old Pueblo Grand Prix races start this Saturday at 3 p.m. in front of the Old Pima County Courthouse, 115 N. Church Ave. On Sunday, The Old Pueblo "Gran FUNdo" (Fun Ride) is a 40-mile community bike ride with the pros along Pima County's Loop. That ride starts at 8 a.m. at Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida Del Convento.