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Ducey says Arizonans again have to look for work to get unemployment

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PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday issued an executive order requiring Arizonans who receive unemployment benefits show proof they are looking for work.

The order rescinds a March 2020 order from Ducey that waived the requirements in advance of the COVID-19 pandemic beginning to make its mark across the state.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security will start enforcing the requirement beginning May 23.

“A year out from the start of the pandemic, jobs and vaccines are readily available,” Ducey said in a press release. “Arizonans are ready to get back to work. Our economy is booming, jobs need filling, more than 2 million Arizonans are fully vaccinated and vaccination appointments are available to anyone who wants one.”

Ducey said he expects the order to help job growth in the state, especially in the restaurant and hospitality industries, since vaccination numbers continue to rise.

Arizonans can receive up to $240 a week from the state for unemployment.

“As President Reagan said, the best social program is a job,” Ducey said. “This statement rings true today.

“Unemployment benefits are still available to Arizonans who need them, but now that plenty of jobs are available, those receiving the benefits should be actively looking for work.”

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