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For René Barraza, owner of Phoenix sporting goods business Deportes América, the new coronavirus crisis is the worst thing that has happened in his 26 years as an entrepreneur.

"In the recession of 2008, many people lost their jobs, the economy became very bad, but we kept the business open and had about 4 to 6 daily customers ... we made at least some profit," Barraza said. "But this time is very different, something like this has never happened to me."

He says sales have fallen 75% since the coronavirus crisis started, and because of the executive order issued by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, he was forced to close his two stores on Tuesday.

The order issued by Ducey, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, has created a crisis for some Latino workers.

Arizonans are being asked to stay at home, only leaving their residences for food, medicine and other essential items. "Nonessential" businesses such as Barraza's have had to close indefinitely.

"I will try to survive with some savings, and I will have to rely on credit cards hoping that this will end soon,"  he said.

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The worst is yet to come

Jesús May, from Phoenix, is all right for now, but he has seen many of his colleagues at Angelique Textile, a company that produces uniforms and hospital products, suffer cuts in their work schedules. Some have been laid off.

"Fortunately it has not affected me, but many colleagues have had their hours reduced," May said.

He knows that at any time it may be his turn, so he already has several options in place to cope with unemployment if required.

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"These are very difficult times, and it is a test that is putting our lives on, but Latinos are very hard workers and we have come out worse," May said.

According to a survey by the New York City University Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, four out of 10 Latino workers lost their jobs in that state, amid the coronavirus crisis.

Among the thousand surveyed, 41% of Latinos said someone in their household lost their jobs.

"This is likely to happen because many in the Hispanic community are in hotel and restaurant service jobs," Scott Ratzan, a senior academic at New York City University, who led the survey, said in a statement.

Applying for unemployment an option

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The federal government and the state of Arizona have expanded unemployment benefits to serve the large number of people who are unemployed due to the coronavirus.

The changes include an increase of $600 in the maximum weekly payment, bringing the total to $840 per week. The changes also eliminate requirements that recipients need to find a new job to continue receiving payments.

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Arizona unemployment benefits are available to those who have lost their jobs "through no fault of their own."

"In these cases, unemployment is vital for our survival," said Jose Chavez, who was temporarily separated from his job, without pay. "Sometimes I think about looking for another job, but I don't want to put my health or that of my family at risk, I am afraid."

Companies that are hiring staff

As more companies lay off or furlough employees, Arizona set a new one-day record for the number of unemployment claims filed.

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Here is a list of companies in Arizona that have said they are still hiring during the new coronavirus outbreak:

Grocery and shopping

Walmart and Sam's Club: Walmart Inc. is hiring 150,000 new associates through the end of May to work in both Walmart and Sam's Club stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers across the country. The roles will be temporary at first but may convert to permanent, according to Walmart's website. Anyone interested in applying can do so here.

Amazon: The company said in a blog post that it was opening 100,000 new full-time and part-time positions in fulfillment centers and its delivery network, although it is not clear if any of those positions are in Arizona. Those interested in applying can learn more here

CVS: The company will hire 50,000 for full-time, part-time and temporary roles across the country. According to a news release from CVS, it will use a technology-based hiring process. Visit this website for more information on careers. 

Dollar General: Stores across the country will hire 50,000 new employees by the end of April. Candidates can learn more about opportunities available here

Instacart: The company announced its plans to bring 300,000 additional full-time shoppers across North America over the next three months to meet increasing customer demands. Those interested in becoming a shopper can apply here.

Kroger: The company that owns Fry's Food Stores and Food 4 Less is currently hiring. According to its website, there are about 400 openings in Arizona. 

Walgreens: The company is looking to fill more than 9,500 positions across all of its stores, according to a news release. Candidates can visit jobs.walgreens.com to search for openings. 

Bashas', AJ's and Food City: People interested can apply at jobs.bashas.com.

Albertsons: The national grocery company is hiring at Safeway stores.Apply here.

Costco: The national chain is hiring. Those interested can apply here.

Trader Joe's: The grocery store chain is hiring temporary crew members to help fill demand during the coronavirus outbreak. Positions can be found here

Food and drink suppliers

Pepsi: The company is hiring for various positions in Arizona. Information can be found here

Domino's Pizza: The company is hiring for different positions across the Valley. Information can be found here. 

Papa John's: In a press release, the company announced it is hiring 20,000 new employees immediately across the country. To learn more and apply, visit this website. 

Café Valley Bakery: The company that provides bakery products for in-store bakeries, club stores, food service and convenience stores has multiple open positions in the Valley. Job information can be found here.

First responders

Phoenix Police Department: The department announced on Twitter it is continuing to hire police officers. Those interested can visit phoenix.gov/Police.

Arizona Department of Public Safety: A variety of career options are available with DPS. They can be found here.

Health care

Banner Health: More than 950 jobs are open throughout Arizona for various positions. Job opportunities can be found here

Mountain Park Health: More than 50 jobs are available at the nonprofit health center with many clinics across the Valley, a spokesperson for the center said in an email. More information on positions can be found here.

Security companies

Allied Universal: The company is looking to hire more than 300 security professionals for its Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson branches. According to a statement from the company, it will cover the cost of the guard card registration fee for all applicants from March 23 to April 23. You can apply here.

Trident Security: The company has positions available in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Chandler. Applicants can apply here.

Education technology services

Zovio: The education technology services company is looking to fill 200 student-facing positions located in Chandler. "Zovio partners with higher education institutions and employers to deliver innovative, personalized solutions to help learners and leaders achieve their aspirations," a spokesperson said in an email. Those interested can apply here.

Call centers

Valor Global: The company provides support solutions including service desk, tech support and customer care solutions 24/7 across the United States, according to its website. It is looking to fill more than 200 positions in the upcoming month in Arizona, and is offering a work-from-home program. Applicants can apply here

Industrial production

Honeywell: The city of Phoenix announced the company is adding 500 new jobs in Phoenix for the manufacturing of N95 face masks and personal protective equipment. Those interested can apply here

Arizona At Work has made a list of all job opportunities available across the state. For help finding a job or building a resume, visit azjobconnection.gov.

Republic reporter Alyssa Stoney contributed to this article.

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