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Electronics manufacturing & construction are hot spots for Arizona jobs

Arizona gained 3,500 jobs in computer and electronics parts manufacturing over the past year, about 15 percent of all new jobs created in that field nationwide. Construction jobs continue to soar, but retail and government jobs aren't doing as well in the state. ... Read more»

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Construction jobs in Arizona continue to boom

A boom in construction jobs in Arizona is also helping boost employment in a variety of other fields, such a architecture, interior design, home and garden sales and real estate and other financial services. ... Read more»

UA economist forecasts metro Tucson will gain 11k jobs in next 2 years

University of Arizona economist George Hammond predicts metro Tucson will gain 5,550 jobs in 2018 and 6,000 in 2019, which will help attract more residents and especially help the construction, real estate and retail industries.... Read more»2

Feds reject Arizona’s construction worker safety plan

Officials rejected Arizona’s plan to protect residential construction workers from falling. The state must abide by federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. An industry representative says the rules are dangerous, another says the government needs the tougher standards. ... Read more»

If placed on endangered list, desert tortoise could affect development

If the Sonoran Desert Tortoise lands on the endangered species list, experts say Arizona could see reductions in land availability and increases in cost. ... Read more»

Az’s construction industry lost most jobs nationwide in 2014

Arizona’s construction workers took a big hit last year — losing 4,300 jobs — the largest loss in the nation, according to a report released by the Associated General Contractors of America. One expert said the decrease in jobs might be the “new normal” for the state. ... Read more»

Az’s 13 JTEDs offer vocational alternative to traditional high schools

Joint technical education districts offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, which will help provide workers for jobs that are projected to grow by 2020, according to a study by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. ... Read more»

Goodyear, Gilbert among nation's fastest growing cities

The two Arizona towns were among the 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. in the last year, according to new Census Bureau estimates. While Phoenix added the most people in the state, Gilbert and Goodyear grew at a faster pace, landing sixth and 12th in the nation. ... Read more»

Adaptive reuse movement spares iconic buildings from wrecking ball

A new use for a property often involves tearing down what came before, but owners of dozens of Phoenix businesses are putting iconic buildings to new uses through what's known as adaptive reuse.... Read more»

Mesa businesses readying for light rail construction

Business owners in downtown Mesa say they expect the 3.1-mile expansion of Metro light rail to cause some headaches but lead to a rejuvenation of the area when it is completed in late 2015 or early 2016. Work to lay tracks is scheduled to start next month. ... Read more»

OSHA: Az fails to protect residential construction workers

Federal officials say they could wind up assuming control of workplace safety in Arizona's residential construction industry because a 2012 state law doesn't do enough to protect workers. Their concern: a provision requiring protection when potential falls are at least 15 feet.... Read more»

Energy efficiency bill slammed by green groups

The Home Builders Association of Central Arizona backs legislation establishing a statewide standard for residential energy efficiency building codes, but opponents say it is less stringent than the international codes to which many cities and towns adhere.... Read more»

Az workplace-safety efforts focus primarily on construction

Employees in Arizona’s hotel industry are about as likely to be injured on the job as construction workers, but workplace inspections conducted by the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health focus mostly on construction.... Read more»

Economists: Az recovery still a few years off

Arizona's economy could fully recover in three years as long as the so-called fiscal cliff doesn't kick the nation back into recession, a panel of experts said at an economic forecast luncheon. Experts predict Arizona will see more jobs being created, more single-family homes being built and higher retail sales. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Thinking about water

Sprawled, single-family house subdivision urban Arizona is not sustainable, much less one adding a million people or doubling in size or whatever the latest boosterish nonsense is peddled. The business model of population growth won't work.... Read more»1

Industry leaders: Immigration reform begins in Texas

Although immigration reform is largely deemed a federal issue, construction moguls in Texas are confident that amending employment laws here can be a catalyst for nationwide change.... Read more»

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