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Forecast: Arizona To Add More Than 165,000 New Jobs By 2020

The Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity released a report projecting Arizona will add 165,691 jobs over a two-year period. From the third quarter of 2018 through the second quarter of 2020, Arizona’s employment is expected to increase from 3,015,242 to 3,180,933, representing an annualized growth rate of 2.7 percent — an increase from last year’s projection of 2.6 percent and more evidence of Arizona’s continued acceleration over the last 12 months.

Arizona is projected to see the highest job growth rates in Construction (5.8 percent) and Manufacturing (3.6 percent). The largest job gains are expected in the Education and Health Services (37,126 jobs) and the Professional and Business Services (26,177 jobs) sectors, although gains are projected across all 11 of Arizona’s top industries.

In addition to the projected job growth, Arizona also saw positive gains in its median household income from 2016 to 2017, according to data from the United States Census Bureau. Arizona’s median household income rose 4.8 percent — more than double the national growth rate of 1.8 percent. According to the data, Arizona’s median household income reached $61,125, a record high.

“Arizona’s economy is booming,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Not only is Arizona projected to add 165,000 jobs over the next two years, Arizona families are taking home more dollars and incomes are rising at one of the fastest rates in the country. This is positive news that affects our entire state — and we have Arizona’s hard-working entrepreneurs, business leaders and employees to thank. We will continue to focus on advancing Arizona’s business-friendly environment to bring even more jobs and opportunity to our state.”

Read more: AZ Forecast 

Philanthropy Spotlight: Handi-Dogs


Handi-Dogs is a 501(c)(3). Handi-Dogs is dedicated to helping older adults and people with disabilities gain independence and improve their quality of life through specialized training of dogs and to advocate about the important role of service dogs.

Handi-Dogs, Inc., is one of the oldest assistance dog training programs in the country. It was founded by Alamo Reaves in 1973 to teach people with disabilities how to train their own dogs to be their assistance dogs. The organization was incorporated in 1977.

Get Involved!

There are a variety of great ways to engage with Handi-Dogs!

Handi-Dogs is looking for:

  • Graphic Artist and/or Illustrator Volunteers
  • Landscape Volunteers
  • Office Volunteers
  • Rescue to Service Fosters
  • Training Department Volunteers

Click here to view a detailed list of Handi-Dogs’s volunteer opportunities! 

Job Spotlight: Optometrist

Looking through the glasses at eye chart

Optometrists examine patients’ eyes, conducting vision tests and diagnosing and treating sight problems. The main responsibilities of an optometrist include examining patients of all ages to detect vision defects, diseases or injuries; producing reports that detail patients’ visual exam histories to supply the best care; providing advice to patients who may need lenses or frames; and writing referrals to other vision specialists when appropriate.

Optometrist Salary

Compared to the national salary average for Optometrists, those in the same line of work who choose to work for Self-Employed enjoy much larger paychecks — $176K on average versus $100K annually.


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Job Spotlight – Santa Claus

santa-claus-christmasFor the spirit of the season, we are highlighting a job as Santa Claus in our spotlight today.

Though Santa Claus really is priceless; who knew the job paid so well?


One of the more unique jobs out there is working as a Santa Claus. The job requirements include a sizeable tummy, a real beard (fake ones are out) and a convincing “ho-ho-ho.” While it may sound like holiday heresy to mention “Santa” and “salary” in the same breath, you might be surprised to learn that Santas can earn a high hourly wage for bringing joy to little kids and big kids alike.

A beginning Santa can earn an hourly wage of $100, while veteran Santas can earn an average wage of $175 to $200 per hour. The really big pay rate comes on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; that’s when these Kris Kringles can earn wages of $175 to $200 for their first hour of work, and $100 to $300 for every hour after that.

Read more: PayScale.com – Santa Claus

Wally Wednesday – A dance to ‘shake’ the winter off and raise money!

happy-holidaysJust watching this video will bring a smile to your face.  These guys are dancing for a purpose though, to raise money for ALS.  We are posting this short video today to warm your spirit and to make you smile.

Happy Wednesday and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!!

These Sikh Bhangra Dancers Will Shovel Away Your Winter Blues

The Maritime Bhangra Group is using dance to give back to their community.

A group of Canadian Sikhs is using their dance skills to show that no matter how brutal this winter is, we’re all in it together.

The Halifax-based Maritime Bhangra Group (MBG) took a break from shoveling snow to show off their dancing skills and raise money for a local charity.

Read Full Story: Huffington Post – Sikh Dancers