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4/21/2012 10:00:00 PM
Editorial: Agency proactive about creating jobs
The Daily Courier

Two pieces of news this past week bolstered our outlook on Arizona's and Yavapai County's economic recovery.

First was the unemployment rate. It fell once again to 8.6 percent for the state and to 9.0 percent for Yavapai County. This is not the best news - we wish it were even lower; however, unemployment is trending downward each month by tenths of a percent in 2012, and that is good any way you look at it.

Secondly, a state agency - the Department of Economic Security - is jumping on the opportunity and helping to ensure Arizona's employers thrive and citizens are gainfully employed.

DES is renewing its commitment to help unemployed Arizonans by reaching out to employers around the state to offer its free Employment Service Program, according to a news release. The majority of the workers are between the ages of 22 and 54 and a large percentage of them have some sort of a college degree or professional certification.

"DES recently announced its collaboration with the Arizona Commerce Authority's Strategic Plan to create 75,000 jobs over a five-year period by utilizing the DES Person-Centric model," Director Clarence Carter said in a statement. "In coordination with that plan, we want Arizona businesses and citizens looking for work to know that we are ready and willing to assist. In Arizona, economic development includes all Arizonans and DES is in an excellent position to join forces to promote the Arizona Comeback."

These efforts include DES working with the Arizona Commerce Authority to help new businesses coming into Arizona recruit and retain workers. DES also assists by posting free job listings on the Arizona Job Connection employment board; cross-matching employer needs with current registered clients; screening cross-matched clients to identify the best-matched pool of candidates for employers to interview; providing interview space in select locations throughout the state; and assisting employers with job fairs and recruitment efforts.

Simply put: Someone who is educated and motivated but is out of work should be the easiest person to place in a job.

It all may seem academic, but we see it as a proactive approach in trying times. Rather than the state government merely sitting back and watching the numbers, here we have an agency working to turn those numbers into a momentum of recovery.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Article comment by: open book

Hokas, Money is their God. Nothing else matters.

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
Article comment by: Hokas Pokas

@ open book:

As we have discussed before, your experience must be limited. I would agree, certain environmental regulations may be necessary and that private companies are far from being perfect. However, if a company treats its employees poorly, no one would work for them. If it treats customers badly, no one would buy their products. And, ultimately, if they destroyed the environment, they would have no place to do business.

You are only repeating the propaganda from the left.

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
Article comment by: LOL LOL

"In order to make a profit, in a competitive environment, and free of government rules, regulations and favors, a private business has the incentive to reduce waste, mismanagement, and inefficiencies."

Of course Hokas, as shown by the fact that private business has so vigilantly eliminated waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency from its own ranks.

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
Article comment by: open book

Dear Hokas, From my experience, without any regulations, private industry will treat its workers inhumanely, pollute the air, water, and earth, and use up all resources available in its quest for more and more profit. If private industry did not do these things, we would not have had the need to make government regulations.

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
Article comment by: Hokas Pokas

@ open book:

True enough, private industry is in business to make a profit, that's pretty straightforward and honest. But to say: "The incentive of government is to increase our quality of living or to protect something for our future" is, well, most of the time, naive and dishonest.

In order to make a profit, in a competitive environment, and free of government rules, regulations and favors, a private business has the incentive to reduce waste, mismanagement, and inefficiencies. The government has no constraints. If it needs more money for some other program, simple, raise taxes.

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Article comment by: open book

Dear Hokas, Both private industry and government have incentives, but they are different. The incenfive of private industry is to make a profit. The incentive of government is to increase our quality of living or to protect something for our future. Either can be unweildy and inefficient.

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Article comment by: Hokas Pokas

@ John C Maxwell:

Why not, indeed. Private industry could take over many functions of the government and probably do a far better job.

Why? Simple. Private industry has an incentive, government does not.

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Article comment by: John C Maxwell

@Hokas Pokas:

Why not simply turn all of the functions of our government over to private businesses? Democracy is a terrible thing, it just makes the masses lazy. Big businesses always have our best interests at heart, and if we find our freedoms taken away, we can just kill ourselves!

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Article comment by: An American

Hokas is correct, for any government agency to succeed or complete the mission they were created for would be suicide for the employees, their leaders and the ever increasing budget......How can we possibly survive without their help?

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012
Article comment by: Hokas Pokas

@ Tom Steele:

Good idea, but I would take it one step further, just privatize the entire thing, get the government out of the unemployment business. If the unemployement office was really successful, most of the office workers would be out of a job. The department would shrink. Think about it. No government department is going to operate on that basis. Any government department has the underlying goal to expand its services. To "grow" to "better serve" the community.

And we, the voters/citizens are conditioned to accept that argument. Look where it has gotten us.

These well intentioned business leaders, in my opinion, would be better off to found a private, for profit, company to provide the very same services.

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

One would hope all government agencies would be overseen by a private firm tasked with validating their goals. The unemployment department seems to only be paper shufflers and not too motivated to the successful placement of workers. This is true in government because their job is based upon their monopoly position no competition. A private firm with the right people funded from the governors office could improve the performance of every department.

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Article comment by: The government created what? really?

The government only creates a bigger mess. They create jobs in the government sector which just helps them control the masses. But, in the real world they create nothing but bad news!

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Article comment by: Hokas Pokas

Your opinion piece tosses the word "free" around very cavalierly. I'm amazed at how we have become so conditioned to accept this.

Nothing in life is "free", especially when government is involved.

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Article comment by: There you go again

Really? Do you folks at the Courier really not understand that government does not create jobs? The Department of Economic Security is just another way to spend taxpayer money. We citizens are perfectly capable of creating far more than enough jobs if the government would just get out of the way. The US has the highest corporate tax rate in the Western World. This in and of itself dissuades companies from starting or expanding. And this is only one of hundreds of different types of taxes businesses have to pay (hidden by government design and regulation from the consumer). Add to this the 100,000s of pages of regulation of every aspect of business and you have a disincentive to create jobs. No Department of Economic Security is going to persuade businesses and investors to do something that will be a poor investment, period!

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Article comment by: David Kerr

The most recent report on Arizona tax receipts and leading economic indicators points to recovery.

Friday's Bureau of Labor Statistics report at
showed Arizona added 49,800 jobs in the year.
Arizona ranks in sixth place for jobs added when adjusted for size of workforce (jobs added divided by workforce).

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Article comment by: James Madison

Pure hogwash. Unemployment at 8% now? Who's cookin' the books down there? If DES is involved, it's just another government scam.

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