Valley companies are looking for workers

CHANDLER, AZ - Although Arizona's unemployment rate of 7.9 percent is higher than the 7.5 percent national average announced Friday, we found several Valley companies are hiring.

Chandler-based Infusionsoft expects to hire hundreds over the next three years.

Hal Halladay, who handles corporate development, tells ABC15 the company hired 150 new workers last year and expects to add slightly more this year.

"We have just over 400 employees today and we expect to be over 1,000 in 2016," Halladay said.

Infusionsoft creates sales and marketing software for thousands of small businesses worldwide.

Halladay says they're looking to hire programmers, sales representatives, business development specialists and more.

The hiring numbers aren't as large at Villa La Paws in Phoenix, but owner Tom Murray is pretty proud.

"We just added two new hires last week and in the last 60 days we hired seven people," Murray said.

Murray opened his first pet resort and spa in 2006 and the Phoenix location in 2007.

"Both resorts were growing rapidly and then 2008 came along like an implosion," he said.

But today, Murray says sales are nearly at pre-recession levels. He says they're seeing new clients and regulars dropping off dogs for daycare, boarding and grooming more often.

Murray is so confident about the economic rebound that he just launched a franchise program.

"It looks like one will open in New Jersey this June and we'll have one on the east side – either in Mesa or Scottsdale – we will finalize the location in the next 90 days," Murray said.

According to the federal government, the U.S. economy added a solid 165,000 jobs in April, and the unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent from 7.6 percent.

We expect to see April job numbers for Arizona in the next couple weeks.

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