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Metro Tucson gained 1,900 jobs last year (so far)

Metro Tucson ended 2017 with a job growth of a scant .5 percent – about 1,900 jobs. But those numbers are likely to shift upward after the state revises them to correlate with more concrete federal employment numbers. Results will be released in March.... Read more»

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Rogue Columnist

Talton: The winter of our discontent

We've made it through the first year of the presidency of Donald Trump (let that name attached to that title sink in) without a nuclear war with North Korea. But there's next year.... Read more»

Metro Tucson's job growth may be better than state has been reporting

Arizona officials have been saying for most of the year that metro Tucson is either barely adding jobs or just losing a few. But more accurate federal numbers show Tucson may be adding jobs at a healthy rate.... Read more»

After reeling with U.S. economy, immigrant remittances rebound

The global scale of the so-called Great Recession that began 10 years ago in the United States may have been illustrated best by the steep drop in remittances, or money that immigrants send to family back home.... Read more»

Tucson's economy expected to continue slow improvement

Despite state numbers that show metro Tucson's job growth will be flat or negative this year, UA economist George Hammond is predicting meager growth of .8 to one percent. But while the job market may be weak, the housing market is doing well.... Read more»

DHS: Border apprehensions down as interior enforcement ramps up

Calling the results “historic,” Trump administration officials touted that the number of arrests at the border has dropped to the lowest level in 46 years, following a trend that began in 2000.... Read more»

Tucson continues to struggle to add jobs, but real estate perks up

Arizona gained 32,000 jobs over the past year, while Tucson lost 3,900, according to a state office. A University of Arizona economist, though, believes that assessment is too pessimistic. Metro Tucson real estate, meanwhile, is seeing some bright spots.... Read more»

As NAFTA staggers, Arizona pushes to maintain trade relationship with Mexico

As the future of NAFTA remains uncertain on a national level and negotiations don’t seem to be moving forward, Gov. Ducey’s administration is still pushing to continue the relationship with Mexico, Arizona’s main international trade partner.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Wooing Amazon not the answer to Tucson's economic troubles

Strong Start Tucson may not pass but it's the sort of self-starter approach that may show the way forward as we tackle our economic challenges. Being supplicants to megacorporations like Amazon isn't the fix.... Read more»

McCain: Can't vote 'in good conscience' for Graham-Cassidy repeal of Obamacare

U.S. Sen. John McCain announced Friday that he will not vote for the repeal of Obamacare being considered by the Senate, saying "too many lives are at risk" to back a bill "without knowing how much it will cost" and lacks bipartisan support. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Immigration reform & DREAMers: A conservative response

What we need is sound policy that will increase efficiency and productivity and limit our liabilities and costs. Mass deportations will not accomplish this, and neither will maintaining the status quo. We cannot simply continue to overlook the security or the economic needs our nation. Legal status of immigrants, whether as workers or residents, and a secure border should be our goal. ... Read more»3

Az business leaders say DACA repeal could have millions in economic impact

The Cato Institute predicted the repeal of DACA and the expense of immediate deportation would cost the federal government more than $60 billion, and the resulting loss of economic growth in the next decade will amount to $280 billion.... Read more»

Tucson, Phoenix get middling scores in UN look at cities’ sustainability

A study scored the 100 most-populous U.S. cities on the Sustainability Development Goals set by the U.N. Those include criteria such as poverty levels, water scarcity, climate action and economic growth.... Read more»

Interior sec. recommends downsizing some nat'l monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday he will not call for the removal of any national monuments but will recommend downsizing an unnamed “handful” of monuments in a report to the White House.... Read more»

Trump comments on NAFTA talks put some Arizona businesses on edge

One day after President Donald Trump’s prediction that the U.S. could “end up terminating NAFTA at some point,” business and political leaders expressed hope Wednesday that negotiations on a new deal will still be allowed to play out.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s Phoenix fiction

In Phoenix for a rally Tuesday night, the president revised history, exaggerated accomplishments and made false claims. ... Read more»

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