Friday, May 14, 2021 / by Juan Grimaldo
Hiring frenzy: Thousands of jobs are open in the Valley; governor hopes bonus plan will spur applications
With Arizona companies grappling with thousands of open jobs that they can’t fill, Gov. Doug Ducey announced this week that the state will offer a $2,000 bonus to get residents back to work.
As part of the new program, Arizona will stop taking the federally subsidized $300-a-week expanded unemployment benefits effective July 10. Instead, the state will offer one-time bonuses to returning workers, along with child care support, educational opportunities and rental assistance.
“With ample supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine on hand and millions of Arizonans vaccinated, people feel safer and are finally returning to life in Arizona as we knew and loved it before,” Ducey said in a statement. “People are back in the office, restaurants are at full capacity and tourists are flocking to our state.”
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By: Eric Edgemon, Managing Editor - Phoenix Business Journal