Employers across Arizona and the U.S. are facing worker shortages at record levels and business leaders and chambers of commerce are urging state and national lawmakers to invest in new workforce initiatives to help fill millions of job openings.

Neil Bradley

In April, employers reported a record-high 9.3 million open jobs, said Neil Bradley, Chief Policy Officer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who spoke at the organization’s recent summit, Workforce: A Call to Action. In Arizona, 160,000 to 180,000 jobs were unfilled in March, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.

“The problem is hurting retailers on Main Street and the nation’s largest employers in our biggest cities,” Bradley said. “When businesses do not have enough employees, they’re forced to turn down jobs and reduce the number of hours that they’re open.”

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