Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) struck down an executive order issued last year that waived the requirement that Arizonans show they are actively looking for a job in order to receive unemployment benefits.
Ducey said the pandemic-era order issued in March last year is no longer necessary because the state’s economy has recovered and vaccines are widely available.
“One year after the start of the pandemic, jobs and vaccines are available,” Ducey said in a statement. Arizonans are ready to go back to work. Our economy is booming, jobs have to be filled, more than 2 million Arizonans are fully vaccinated, and vaccination appointments are available to anyone who wants one. “
The Arizona Department of Economic Security will begin enforcing the requirement the week of Sunday, May 23.
There were more people employed in Arizona on May 3 than at the start of the pandemic, according to Ducey. The states’ hospitality and restaurant sectors are struggling to hire workers, at least in part because of attractive state unemployment benefits combined with a weekly $ 300 boost from the federal government.
“As President Reagan said, the best social program is a job,” Ducey said. “This statement rings true today. Unemployment benefits are still available to Arizonans who need them, but now that there are many jobs available, those who receive benefits must actively seek work. “
Arizona is on track to gain 325,000 jobs from spring 2020 through spring 2022, according to Ducey. The biggest gains are expected in the catering and hospitality sectors, which have been hit the hardest by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.
“Businesses cannot afford to weather another storm without being able to fill positions,” Tucson Metro Chamber Speaker Amber Smith said in a statement. “Now that vaccines are everywhere, many companies are scaling back in search of employees. It is important that we work to meet this job demand and spread the word that there are a variety of jobs available. “
As of May 3, Arizona had administered 5,102,705 vaccines against the CCP virus, with 2,329,956 Arizonans fully vaccinated.