Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order to Meet Growing Labor Demand and Support Employers
Gov. Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order Monday to meet growing job demand and support job creators across Arizona as job opportunities grow and the COVID-19 vaccine is available to anyone who wants it.
Today’s Order rescinds an Executive Order from March 2020 that waived the requirement that a person receiving employment benefits must be actively seeking work in order to receive benefits.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security will begin enforcing the reinstated requirement the week of Sunday, May 23.
“One year after the pandemic started, there are jobs and vaccines available,” Governor Ducey said. 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. “
Arizonans who receive unemployment benefits can continue to receive benefits, but under reinstated requirements, they must show that they are actively seeking work.
“As President Reagan said, the best social program is a job,” added the governor. “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’s workforce is currently 100.09 percent compared to pre-pandemic levels, with more people employed in Arizona than before the pandemic. However, many companies are struggling to fill positions, especially in the catering and hospitality sectors. The Governor’s Executive Order aims to help fill these spots and promote continued job growth.
“Southern Arizona businesses made a lot of adjustments and sacrifices to weather the economic effects of the pandemic,” said Tucson Metro Chamber President and CEO Amber Smith. “Companies cannot afford to weather another storm without being able to fill positions. Now that vaccines are everywhere, many companies are scaling back in search of employees. It’s important that we work to meet this job demand and spread the word that there are a variety of jobs available. “
“Jobs are plentiful and employers are ready to hire,” said Tony Alba, community services manager for the City of Pinetop-Lakeside. “Like all areas across the nation, our community felt the effects of the pandemic: businesses had to adapt, workers lost their jobs, and tourism slowed. Now that Arizona’s economy is strong and jobs are available, I am delighted to see the Pinetop-Lakeside community and the entire state continue to move forward. “
On March 24, Governor Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services expanded immunization eligibility to all Arizonans age 16 and older. Currently, supply exceeds demand. More than 67,900 vaccination appointments are available on state-run sites and appointments are no longer necessary.