2020 has brought many challenges, but we’re proud to say that we have approached them head-on, and we continue to look ahead into the new year. Check out some of the highlights from our 2019-2020 Annual Report below.
Supporting the Workers of Yavapai County
At Yavapai At Work, our goal has always been to support the workers of Yavapai County. We’re proud to help connect employers with qualified applicants. We also provide additional services to those looking for work, including unemployment assistance, resume advice, and skills training.
We’d like to extend our gratitude to the Department of Economic Security and Northern Arizona Council of Governments–Economic/Workforce Development Division staff for their dedicated service during this challenging time. They became “essential workers” overnight as 37,000 workers were displaced or dislocated following state and national orders to stay home.
The State of Unemployment in Yavapai County
Before the arrival of COVID-19, our unemployment rate was at an all-time low of 4.2% in 2019. During the beginning stages of stay-at-home orders, our unemployment rate soared to 14.5%, and we’re proud to announce that it has come back down to around 9%. To date, we have served 37 203 clients in Yavapai County.
Our COVID-19 Support Services division provided support to over 5600 people, providing resources, referrals, and unemployment assistance as part of the Arizona Return Stronger Campaign. The Northern Arizona Council of Governments served an additional 5600 clients, filling 871 job placements with a 120% retention rate. In addition to job placements, we provided over 23 000 hours of instruction to nearly 400 adult education clients, with 45% of our participants showing improved measurable skill gains.
Looking Ahead to the Future
Occupational training continues to be in demand for a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, administration, trades (HVAC, plumbing, and electrical), fire fighting, cosmetics, and more. We currently have over 650 active employers throughout Yavapai County, with over 17 000 jobs available this year. We continue to see positive growth, with our average starting wage between $15–$18 per hour and the median annual income increasing to $50,100.
While we still have many challenges and uncertainties ahead of us, we remain positive about our ability to bounce back thanks to our strong and dedicated Board of Directors. We look forward to continuing to serve the workers of Yavapai County in 2021 and beyond!