The city of Phoenix’s economic development department is “working diligently” to connect workers who have been laid off with companies looking to ramp up hiring amid worry over the novel coronavirus, the city’s top economic development official said.
“Several of our industries are finding things challenging, but other industries are ramping up quickly, like logistics, online companies and grocery,” said Chris Mackay, the city’s economic development director. “Where one has a need, another has had to cut.”
Mackay said the department started reaching out to businesses on Wednesday and by Thursday hopes to have reached all the businesses that are laying off workers or increasing hiring.
“We want to make sure they know we can help,” Mackay said.