For many Americans, moving to another state is a huge life goal. This could be for better weather, employment opportunities, or even just a change in scenery. Unfortunately, some legislation pertaining to occupational licenses can make the process more difficult than it should be.
Over the past 70 years, the share of Americans employed with an occupational license has risen from 5 to 25 percent. This has resulted in a situation where Americans are moving between states at multi-decade lows. Fear of being without employment is a huge barrier in relocating. Luckily, Arizona lawmakers have something to say about it.
In April, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a new law that makes our state the first to recognize any occupational licenses issued by another state. This is incredible news for most licensed professionals planning a move to the Grand Canyon State. Over 122,000 Americans moved to Arizona in 2018. With this change in legislation, we expect that number to grow.
With the influx of industry and available employment, life in Phoenix becomes more desirable by the day. According to the Institute for Justice in 2017, “licensing laws for 102 lower-income occupations require nearly a year of education or experience, one exam, and more than $260 in fees.” This fact has barred many Americans from making a move that could significantly improve one’s quality of life, regardless of skills or work history.
Our work here at Phoenix Relocation Source revolves around assisting anyone and everyone with their Phoenix, AZ relocation plans. The limitations surrounding occupational licensing have long been a pain point, so this news couldn’t be more welcome. We hope to see other states in the union follow suit.
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For more information on this change in legislation, check out azgovernor.gov!
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