Mayor, others urge summer youth jobs

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and business leaders are calling on employers "to make room in their organizations for youth this summer."

They're also asking employers to take part in United Way/Pima OneStop's second annual Youth Job & Career Fair on June 6.

At a news conference Friday, the mayor joined representatives of the Tucson Metro Chamber, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and Pima OneStop.

"Ever since the recession, youth unemployment has been disproportionately high," the Mayor's Office said in a news release. "Today, the unemployment rate among teens nationally stands at 24.2 percent, down from a 2010 high of 27.2 percent. For youth age 20 to 24, the numbers are better, at 13.3 percent, but still well above the national average of 7.6 percent."

To participate in the youth job fair, employers are asked to email Cholpon Rosengren at crosengren@unitedwaytucson.org by May 15.

"Summer jobs are important ways into the job market," Rothschild said, "and I encourage Tucson employers to open their doors to youth this summer - as summer hires or interns."

Arizona Daily Star


Permit changes could contribute to infill

PHOENIX - Officials plan to upgrade the city's permit system and overhaul portions of its zoning ordinances, which could help Phoenix bolster infill development. An advisory group will create a pilot program to offer "relief and incentive for infill development."

Planners say there's demand now to develop on the city's old lots either by renovating buildings or constructing new ones.

The Arizona Republic

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