Category Archives: Other State News

Phoenix area job fair spreads Goodwill.

PHOENIX — Goodwill of Central Arizona is holding a fall Job Fest on Tuesday, Nov. 10 to connect candidates with prospective employers across a variety of industries. The following Career Centers are participating in the Goodwill Job Fest in the East Val ...

Walmart hiring holiday help in Arizona.

PHOENIX — Walmart Stores have announced a search for 1,200 seasonal employees in Arizona and the company is adding 60,000 positions nationally for the holidays. Some of the positions may transition to full-time as over half of Wal-Mart’s seasonal ...

Massage Envy to hire 400 in Arizona. Jealous?.

PHOENIX — The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a growing need for massage therapists and Massage Envy Spa is no exception as it looks to fill 400 positions in the state. Massage Envy, which opened its newest location in Scottsdale recently, is accepti ...

Phoenix constructing jobs by the thousands.

PHOENIX — A new report from the Associated General Contractors names Phoenix as the metro area gaining the most construction jobs over the past 12 months with 8,200 added from September 2014 to September 2015. The Valley employs 102,800 construction wor ...

Arizona sales tax collection tops $100 billion.

PHOENIX – Fiscal year 2015 closed out with Arizona taxable sales over $100 billion for the first time since 2008. Total taxable sales increased more than 5 percent from the year previous to reach $101.9 billion. Sales totaled approximately $104 billion ...

GPEC realizes record-breaking year, attracts 6,200 jobs.

PHOENIX – The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) helped locate and expand 32 companies throughout its 22 member communities last fiscal year which ended June 30. As those companies add more than 6,200 jobs throughout the Valley, they will generate ...

Arizona business can now use equity crowdfunding.

PHOENIX, Ariz – Arizona residents can now support local small business through equity crowdfunding as the law went into effect July 3. The new law enables businesses in Arizona to raise up to $1 million over a one-year period from state residents who ma ...

Arizona tourism ads pack a punch.

PHOENIX – According to a report issued by the Arizona Office of Tourism, advertising expenditures are paying off for the state. The report says that for every $1 spent on advertising to attract travelers to Arizona for vacation, $265 was directly spent ...

Arizona tourism is state’s top export at $20.9B.

PHOENIX – The state’s top export in 2014 was tourism, generating $20.9 billion as more than 40 million people visited Arizona, according to Arizona Office of Tourism numbers recently released. Overnight visitor numbers were up more than 4 percent ...

TREO spreads its light, renamed Sun Corridor in Tucson.

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) is expanding to include all of Southern Arizona. As a result, its new name will be Sun Corridor Inc. TREO provides economic development support for Southern Arizona and the new name and expa ...

Wisdom Natural Brands expanding in Gilbert.

GILBERT, Ariz. – James May, the founder of Wisdom Natural Brands, is referred to as the “father of Stevia” and his SweetLeaf division is planning an expansion of its products and warehouse space. The company currently employs 35 locally in its Gilb ...

Payson economy outpaced state in March.

PAYSON, Ariz. – Payson sales tax collections were up 13 percent in March compared to the Arizona-shared sales tax increase of four percent in the same period. Payson officials report new business operations, revived contracts and construction as signs f ...

Arizona exports kept almost 100,000 jobs in state.

PHOENIX – Last year, Arizona exports totaled more than $21 billion, supporting 93,354 jobs, according to a U.S. Trade Representative and Department of Commerce report. The report notes Arizona exports have risen in value by 57 percent since 2004. Nation ...

Arizona close to full employment.

PHOENIX – Arizona added 30,000 jobs in February, dropping the unemployment rate to 6.5 percent, a number economists say is close to full employment. State job gains beat the February average gain of 25,000 jobs. Sectors with gains included leisure and h ...

Phoenix job growth hits eight-year high.

PHOENIX – The Phoenix job market added 22,400 jobs in February, dropping the unemployment rate a half percentage point to 5.4 percent. The national unemployment rate was 5.5 percent. The Arizona Department of Administration reports that Valley counties ...