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Skill is High; Cost of Labor is Low

  • The SCCC Labor Shed has an estimated population of 2.23 million and represents 52% of the metro area based on 2014 data.*
  • A healthy rate of population growth is projected for the Maricopa/Pinal region with more than a 30% increase in population by 2030. Much of this increase will be due to in-migration driven by job growth. The region is expected to add more than 600,000 jobs in the next ten years.*
  • About 51% of the population within the SCCC Labor Shed is within the prime working age range of 25 to 64 years old. Labor force participation rates are strong, particularly in East Valley cities where 70% to 80% of the population over 18 is in the workforce.*
  • 61% of the workforce that does not work in the City of Maricopa has looked for a job closer to home.**
  • 85% of the City of Maricopa workforce would leave their current company for a closer workplace.**
  • 44% of the City of Maricopa workforce would consider changing their career if a local job presented an opportunity.**

*Source:  Ak-Chin Indian Community 2016 Labor Market Study, Applied Economics
City of Maricopa 2013 Labor Survey Results, Elliott D. Pollack & Company

OUR 2016

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Area’s Largest Employers†

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort
Maricopa Unified School District
City of Maricopa Government
Fry’s Food Store
Volkswagen Proving Grounds
Pinal Feeding Company Inc.
Ak-Chin Farms
USDA Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center
Legacy Traditional School
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center
Sequoia Pathway Academy
Arizona Castings Inc.
Electrical District 3
Duke Golf Club at Rancho El Dorado
Pinal Energy
Scott’s Miracle Gro
Other large employers not included in the report:
Ak-Chin Community Government
UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle

†Source: 2013 City of Maricopa Community Report

Skill/Education Levels

  • Educational attainment of the adult population within the SCCC Labor Shed is relatively high with 85% of the population having completed high school and 35% having completed a college degree.*
  • Current enrollment in college or graduate studies by residents within the SCCC Labor Shed is above the regional average, indicating a strong pipeline of future educated workers.*
  • Programs at local community colleges in precision production, construction, mechanics, transportation, engineering technology and agricultural sciences provide a ready workforce for future businesses at the Santa Cruz Commerce Center. These programs have produced over 5,000 graduates in the past three years.*
  • Nearly 89% of the City of Maricopa workforce has at least some college education with 46% having a bachelor’s or graduate degree, and has a relatively high concentration of engineers.**
  • The SCCC Labor Shed is quite similar to Maricopa County, but with a slightly higher share of workers in manufacturing and a slightly lower share in finance and professional services.*
  • Overall, there are workers in a broad range of industries that could support increased economic diversification in the Ak-Chin Indian Community.*

*Source:  Ak-Chin Indian Community 2016 Labor Market Study, Applied Economics
City of Maricopa 2013 Labor Survey Results, Elliott D. Pollack & Company

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Workforce Training

Arizona Commerce Authority Can Help

The Arizona Commerce Authority has a number of workforce incentives and job training programs to help you attract qualified talent. Visit the Arizona Commerce Authority for a description of the latest available programs.

All three major state universities maintain an educational presence in Pinal County and have representatives at the main campus of CAC in Coolidge. Customized training courses may be available through:

Pinal County Workforce Connection Office: (520) 374-3001
Central Arizona College (CAC) www.centralaz.edu
University of Arizona www.arizona.edu
Arizona State University www.asu.edu/career
Northern Arizona University www.nau.edu
Empowerment System, Inc. Office: (480) 367–6937
Arizona Department of Economic Security www.azdes.gov


The average weekly wage of Pinal County is $759, among the lowest in Arizona and significantly lower than the national average of $989/week.†

2016 Mean Hourly Wages for Pinal County††

Construction & Extraction $22.93
Education, Training & Library $20.33
Food Preparation & Serving Related $11.13
Installation, Maintenance & Repair $21.04
Management $41.04
Office & Administrative Support $15.82
Production $20.19
Protective Service $22.54
Sales & Related $14.80
Transportation & Material Moving $15.24
Farming, Fishing & Forestry $14.52
Business & Financial $29.89

† Source: May 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
†† Prepared by the Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016

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On July 19, Ibarra Family Farms broke ground on its first U.S. hydroponic operation at Santa Cruz Commerce Center, the Ak-Chin Indian Community’s industrial park. The wholesale operation will produce leafy greens for farmers markets, supermarkets and local restaurants. Phase1 will consist solely of the installation of a 16,128 SF pre-engineered/pre-fabricated greenhouse manufactured by Cravo […]

What do our enterprise partners say?

Never in our twenty years have we worked with a group so determined for excellence … I am honored to be a part of Ak-Chin’s history and to work with a team of such high character and dedication to growth.

Caesars Entertainment is proud of our 20-year relationship with the Ak-Chin Indian Community. As the only tribal gaming enterprise in Arizona with an international management partner, we value and commend the Community’s continued commitment to bringing quality entertainment to the Valley.

With a shared heritage in farming, Ak-Chin and Hickman’s have cultivated a strong partnership. In an environment committed to product excellence, long-term environmental sustainability, and high standards for food safety, our business has been able to grow and expand.

The Ak-Chin Indian Community has been a tremendous partner for Troon Golf. Their support in making substantial investments in Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club has created a wonderful asset of immense value not only to the Ak-Chin community but for the golf community as a whole. Their vision of elevating the facility to national prominence demonstrates the strong commitment they have for the project.