A website for the state’s economic development agency has suffered a “failure to imagination” after being published online by the Center for Arizona Policy.
The site, titled Arizona Jobs, Jobs, and Jobs, is titled a “best of the best” of the state, a fact not lost on the center’s president, Chris Horner.
“I think that we’ve come a long way from when I first started working here as a political staffer in the early 1990s, and I think it’s a really important part of what Arizona has to offer,” Horner said.
“What’s really exciting about this is the way it presents our economic challenges.”
The website, which was published on July 31, features a section titled “Jobs for Everyone,” which highlights Arizona’s workforce shortages and calls for an “all-out effort” to create “more jobs and opportunities for all Americans.”
It says that the state has the “largest state workforce of any U.S. state,” and notes that more than 20,000 people are employed in agriculture and “non-farm jobs” in the state.
The website also includes a section called “The Big Picture,” which includes statistics and a list of local projects.
Horner noted that Arizona’s economic outlook is not the most optimistic in the nation, and that the site’s “best-of-the-best” approach has helped it “sell its message.”
The site also cites Arizona’s “largest natural gas resource,” and cites Arizona as one of the “most affordable” states to purchase homes.
The Arizona Economic Center has not responded to a request for comment from The Huffington Post.
The Center for National Policy’s editor-in-chief, Brian McNally, said in a statement that the website’s failure to communicate the agency’s priorities is “disheartening.”
“While we understand that the vast majority of people are still struggling to get by and are looking for jobs, the failure to present its priorities is disappointing,” McNally said.
He added that the Arizona Center for Business and Economic Research (ACBES), which also published the website, has “been working to build a more inclusive Arizona for more than 10 years now.
We believe in promoting the prosperity of all Arizonans, and hope that this failure will be a reminder to others that we need to do more to bring Arizona’s economy to life.”
Arizona has had a significant unemployment rate since the Great Recession, and is the sixth-largest state in the U.P. in population.
The state has been struggling to find jobs for nearly seven years.
Earlier this year, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce published a “State of the State” report, which noted that the unemployment rate had declined to 4.3 percent.
It also noted that nearly 2 million people were looking for work in August.
“We know that we have the talent, and we have that talent now, but we need a little more,” Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan said at a news conference earlier this month.