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Tucson's 2017 job growth thousands more than previously reported

An annual revision, using more accurate federal data, showed that Tucson ended up 3,600 more jobs in 2017 than previously reported. But we continue to rank near the bottom of the state's metro areas for job growth.... Read more»

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Mar 10, 2018, 5:02 pm
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This article, headlined, “Tucson’s 2017 job growth thousands more than previously reported,” requires clarification (which I can’t provide).

According to the revised State report cited in the article—unless I’m reading this wrongly, which is possible—the State now reports our city’s increase in non-farm jobs at 3,600 rather than 1,700 as earlier reported.

That’s not “thousands more than previously reported,” but 1.7 thousand more.  The thousands more so far as I can tell are cumulative numbers already calculated by the State ... or are they?

The article goes on to cite sectors in which gains occurred and those incurring losses. When I tote them up, I arrive back at the 1,900 number.  It’s all a little confusing.

(Simultaneously with publication of this article, Rockwell Collins announced that it was closing down its Tucson operation,
reducing our net gain—whatever it is—by 300-400 jobs this year.)

We in Metro Tucson and Baja Arizona need a clear understanding of our current situation in order to plan our future. Strong, creative action is needed to get us out of an enduring economic rut.  Mayor Rothschild’s State of the City address, also published in this issue of The Sentinel, is objective and innovative as a policy document. But its successful implementation will require public support, involvement, and resources.

What’s really holding us back? And what will it take to move forward?  These are more important right now than sheer statistics.

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