PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Work search requirements have been reinstated on Sunday for Arizonans applying for unemployment benefits. This requirement was originally waived in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic so that Arizonans could receive unemployment benefits more efficiently.
"A year out from the start of the pandemic, jobs, and vaccines are readily available," said Governor Ducey. "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."
The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) will start enforcing the requirement starting Sunday, according to a press release from Ducey's office. Arizonans who are receiving unemployment benefits may continue to receive their unemployment benefits but will have to prove they are looking for work.
On average, seniors spend more than 43 weeks unemployed.
"Please note that the work search requirement is the same for all claimants who are receiving any type of unemployment benefits. This includes individuals receiving regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)," according to DES' website.
In order to receive unemployment benefits in Arizona, you must show proof that on least four different days each week and making at least four work search contacts each week. DES may audit your work search submissions for at least two years.
Examples of how to search for work:
- Going on interviews
- Registering with a temporary work agency
- Creating a resume
- Applying for a job with former employers
- Applying for jobs with expected openings
- Making contacts
Full list of examples can be found here.
And to show that you are logging your work search efforts, you will need to keep a log showing - employer contact information, name/title of person contacted, documentation of used of online career tool, networking event name/date/location, and so forth.
“In Arizona, we’re going to use federal money to encourage people to work … instead of paying people not to work,” Gov. Ducey said.
Also, Governor Ducey put a plan in place to end the extra $300 a week payments for unemployed workers. If they return to work, they are eligible for a one-time bonus of $2,000 to eligible Arizonans who return to work and get a full-time job. Anyone who gets a part-time job that is eligible will receive $1,000. A worker who gets a job earning more than $25 an hour does not qualify.
If you are looking for more information, need assistance, or want to apply for unemployment, visit DES' website here.