Job seekers wanting employment in Arizona are in the right state at the right time, according to forecast statistics for employment.
Arizona is forecasted to add 104,000 jobs this year, according to the latest statistics from the Arizona Workforce Informer, a Web site produced by the Arizona Department of Economic Security.
The top five industries with the largest projected job gains are professional and business services, construction, trade, transportation and utilities, education and health services and, leisure and hospitality, the report states.
The next forecast, which will include revised figures for 2007 and a projection for job growth in 2008, will be released in April. The agency was right on target for 124,000 jobs added in 2006.
Professional and business services are expected to add more than 58,000 jobs this year. Construction is forecast to add 40,000 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities should add close to 40,000 jobs as well. Education and health services may add another 23,000 jobs, mostly due to the increase in population in Arizona. The final area, leisure and hospitality, should add another 21,000 jobs to Arizona.
Arizona’s job growth is expected to outpace the nation, according to the report.
Don Wehbey, Department of Economic Security, Research Administration Senior Economist, keeps track of these statistics for Arizona. Across the board, most areas (the only exclusion is information services) will grow in 2007, and wages in all industries are moving upward, he said.
Someone seeking employment in Arizona is in a good place, he said. “I think what they should do is find an industry that has occupations given the kind of job they want to do,” he said. “I would suggest people review the wages and the stability of the industry so they understand how those occupations work within those industries.”
For example, construction is still on the rise, but some economists are predicting a slower growth rate or even a decline in the future.
“You might get a job, but it (stability and growth) depends on projects, the business cycles, etc. You might have some instability. You have to understand what the jobs in that industry do and what types of risks they come with.”
Education and training are key factors to finding a job in any industry and remaining employed, and especially for advancement. With the low unemployment rate in Arizona, there are plenty of jobs to be filled. To keep growing, take a job and keep learning, keep growing, Wehbey said, to increase your ability to market yourself into another job at your company or another business.
“Always take the time to increase your skills and knowledge. We’re one of the fastest growing states. We have a great deal of opportunities,” he said.
Occupations within the professional and business services industry include jobs in advertising and public relations; computer systems design and related services; employment services; management, scientific, and technical consulting services; and scientific research and development services.