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Construction & manufacturing jobs continue to soar in Arizona

Construction and manufacturing comprise only about 12 percent of all jobs in Arizona, but they gave the state 31 percent of its new jobs over the past year. Residential construction is especially strong. Metro Tucson recorded 426 new housing permits in April. But federal tariffs and rising mortgage rates could hurt construction.... Read more»

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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

Trump's new steel, aluminum tariffs worry Arizona firms, raise trade war fears

The Trump administration said it will let new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports take effect, a move that critics warned could spark a “tit-for-tat trade war” with Mexico, Canada and the European Union.... Read more»1

Amazon plans to bring 1,500 jobs to Tucson isn't the only good economic news

Amazon's pick of Tucson for a distribution center that will employ 1,500 people next year is just the latest sign that our economy is steadily improving.The Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity said metro Tucson has gained 5,300 jobs over the past year. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Google Assistant coming for thousands of Tucson jobs

Artificial intelligence is an economic asteroid we can all see coming, so voters must question our civic leaders right now about that issue as the bot industry draws one of its first beads on a leading Tucson industry.... Read more»

Arizona & Mexico officials work to make road to Rocky Point safer

The 63-mile stretch of highway between the Arizona border town of Lukeville and the Mexican beaches of what Americans call Rocky Point is mostly bland and barren, except for an occasional wooden cross and a roadside shrine in the middle of nowhere.... Read more»

Arizona added 1,000 manufacturing jobs over the past month

Arizona continues to surpass the nation in adding manufacturing jobs, with an increase of 9,000 over the past year and 1,000 over the month. But metro Tucson's manufacturing growth rate landed in fifth place behind other metro areas. ... Read more»

Ducey: Call for National Guard not border militarization

Citing a surge in apprehensions by Border Patrol agents, Gov. Doug Ducey praised the Trump administration for "finally taking action" to secure the border by calling on governors in southwestern states to deploy National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»2

What the Devil won't tell you

Stop making sense: Immigration debate devolving into word salad

The immigration debate, and for the moment the controversy about the National Guard on the border, is about an inevitable power shift – who's losing it, who's got it, and what they are going to do with it on the brink of massive cultural change. No wonder the facts are irrelevant.... Read more»

Arizonans seemed to be feeling better about economy, at least through February

The state's February employment report shows that hiring increased at private schools and home and garden stores. Metro Tucson added 4,500 jobs over the year, and our unemployment rate is second best in the state.... Read more»

Az expected to add 153k jobs by 2019, with 80% in Maricopa County

In its annual short-term job projection, the Arizona of Economic Opportunity estimates Arizona will gain about 153,000 jobs between the third quarter of 2017 and first quarter of 2019. Pima County is expected to gain about 13,300 jobs.The fastest growth will be in suburban Maricopa County.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Rothschild lacks urgency in State of the City address

If a mayor is going to discuss the condition of his fair city, he should discuss its actual condition. Rothschild didn't do that, instead opting for a "huzzah," cheering on his own stewardship. Leadership would have meant owning our city's sorry economic reality.... Read more»1

State of the City

Rothschild: Envision Tucson's future with clear eyes

Mayor Rothschild: "2020 is less than two years away. Let's look where we're at today, and where we want to be then, with clear-eyed, 20/20 vision. Let's strive to see things from each other's perspective, and not through the distorting lens of ideology."... Read more»

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»1

Quick take

McCain: Trump's steel tariff will harm American economy

"President Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports will not protect America. Reminiscent of failed protectionist trade policies of the past, this decision will harm the American economy, hurt American workers, and damage relations with America's allies and partners."... Read more»

Analysis

Economic history shows why Trump’s ‘America First’ tariff policy is so dangerous

President Donald Trump finally appears poised to make good on his promised threats to slam the door on free trade and erect walls around the country’s economy. But economic history should make Americans skeptical of this claim. ... Read more»

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