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Governor Doug Ducey has announced the opening of Arizona’s first trade and investment office in Israel.

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Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.9% in June as the labor force increased by nearly 10,400 from the previous month while the state's economy lost 44,600 non-farm jobs.

Arizona Has a New Commerce Chief

Oct 16, 2012

Sandra Watson has been interim president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority since July 1st after Don Cardon quit. The authority board authorized a nationwide search for a replacement. But after a closed-door meeting the panel unanimously chose Watson. Gov. Jan Brewer who sits on the board conceded after the meeting the outcome was really no surprise.

"We certainly interviewed and consulted with a lot of different people," the Governor said. "But no one rose to the occasion. They were either extremely good in one arena or one area and not so good in another area."