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Job growth in Tucson remains sluggish

Metro Tucson in June had 1,900 more people employed than a year earlier, and most of those new jobs were at restaurants and bars. Aerospace, call centers, and financial activities also showed good job growth.... Read more»0

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Metro Tucson appears to be losing hundreds of high-paying jobs

May surveys from the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity show that not only does metro Tucson continue to lag the rest of the state in job growth but appears to be shedding high-paying professional and business service jobs.... Read more»0

Jobs report: Arizona wages rising faster than nation's

A growing shortage of workers has been driving up average earnings since mid-2015, long before Arizonans voted to increase the minimum wage. In Pima County, the jobless rate not only fell in April to 4.2 percent from 4.4 percent in March but came in lower than the state and national rates. But job growth is still slow.... Read more»0

Arizona's jobless rate drops to 5% amidst robust hiring

About 20,000 people have been getting jobs each month for the first three months of the year in Arizona. While Tucson's job growth remains at the bottom of the list, but the unemployment rate here is lower than the statewide average. The increase in the state's minimum wage don't appear to have stemmed job growth.... Read more»0

Tucson's January job growth lagged rest of Arizona

Despite all the job announcements over the past two years from Raytheon, Comcast, Caterpillar and other companies, Tucson’s job growth continues to be weak, especially compared with the rest of the state. The metro area only gained 900 jobs from January 2016 to January 2017, and its .2 percent growth was at the bottom of Arizona's seven major metros.... Read more»0

Report: Immigrants living in Arizona contribute $21.4 billion to state's economy

A New York group urging immigration reform has calculated that about 900,000 immigrants living in Arizona contribute at least $21.4 billion to the state’s economy through purchases as well as taxes.... Read more»0

ASU study: Repealing Obamacare could cost Az 29,000 jobs

An outright repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act would cost Arizona about 29,400 health care jobs next year — and could throw the state’s healthiest economic sector into a one-year recession, an Arizona State University economist said.... Read more»0

Ernst & Young opens Tucson office, plans to hire 125 staffers

Ernst & Young, a global tax and financial advising company, has returned to Tucson with a Downtown office that is expected to create more than 125 jobs.... Read more»0

Az experts: Trump's proposed tax on Mexican imports would be a 'disaster'

President Trump’s proposal for a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico would be a “disaster” that could lead to higher food costs and other price spikes and lost jobs, says an Arizona global trade promoter. Mexico is Arizona's number one trading partner, and some warned that a tariff could spark a trade war.... Read more»0

Fortune 500 company ADP hiring 250 in Tucson

Fortune 500 human resources company ADP is hiring 250 more workers in Tucson, bringing its local workforce to 400. Earlier this month, two other companies announced 480 new jobs in Tucson.... Read more»0

Tucson jobs fell by 1,800 in December

Metro Tucson lost about 1,800 jobs from November to December, a state office reported Thursday. And no one knows yet whether this is a trend or just a temporary lull.... Read more»0

Macy's store at Tucson Mall not being closed — for now

Macy’s Inc. announced Wednesday it is closing 68 stores and laying off about 3,900 workers, but none are in Arizona, meaning the store at Tucson Mall has been spared. But another 30 stores are scheduled to be closed at a later date. ... Read more»0

Pima County schedules 5 public meetings on Monsanto

Pima County is having five meetings this month to allow more citizen feedback and let Monsanto respond to complaints about its controversial plans for a greenhouse near Marana. ... Read more»3

Real estate

Tucson could become more of a seller's market in 2017

Tucson's housing market is likely to become a bit more of a seller’s market in 2017 due to an unusually low supply of homes for sale and competition from new residents lured by the growing number of job, say local real estate experts. Decent homes at the low end of the market are already facing a lot of buyers.... Read more»0

Tucson to ask voters for half-cent sales tax increase to fund fire, cops and roads

The Tucson City Council will ask voters at a May 16 special election to approve a half-cent sales tax that would raise $50 million per year, mostly for new fire and police vehicles and gear, and to maintain crumbling roads in the city... Read more»1

Metro Tucson gained jobs faster than metro Phoenix, Arizona in Nov.

The Tucson region added 18,100 jobs, or 1.5 percent in November, compared with a year earlier. Arizona and metro Phoenix added just 1.1 percent to their employment rolls. Tucson's unemployment rate hit the lowest level in nine years.... Read more»0

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