Pinal County officials have launched a website with information and links helpful to local businesses and workers struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pinal Works, found at www.pinalcountyaz.gov/pinal-works, is a resource library produced with Arizona@Work Pinal County, the local arm of the state’s workforce development program. It is a network of service providers focused on assisting people seeking employment and training assistance and businesses seeking services to address labor force needs.
Individuals who have lost their jobs, are working reduced hours or have otherwise been affected in the recent economic downturn can find information about applying for and receiving unemployment benefits, education and training opportunities and other re-employment services including resume and interview preparation and career coaching.
Individuals with additional questions can submit them by email to email@example.com or call a representative at 800-409-5153.
Pinal County Board of Supervisors Chairman Anthony Smith said in a video introduction to the website, “The good news is, we have strong companies that are still hiring.”
Business owners and representatives can also visit Pinal Works for help with averting layoffs, assisting affected employees and real-time labor market information. They can submit additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-409-6153 to speak to a business service representative. Staff is available to assist with obtaining local, state and federal COVID-19 resources for businesses and help those looking to hire employees by customizing a plan to link them to qualified candidates.
Other links on the site include:
- Gov. Doug Ducey’s Arizona Together page at www.arizonatogether.org.
- Arizona Commerce Authority at www.azcommerce.com/covid-19.
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce at www.uschamber.com/co/small-business-coronavirus.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration — www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources.
Smith said county leaders are eager to bring the region through the health concerns and economic turbulence of the pandemic and watch companies such as Lucid Motors and Nikola Motor Company complete their projects.
“We want to regain our momentum by opening several new manufacturing companies, offering hundreds if not thousands of new jobs and building the most vigorous economy in Arizona,” he said.