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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»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Dems' best hope to beat McSally could be a complete nobody

Rep. Martha McSally is in trouble, but to do something about it, the Democrats – the national Democratic establishment – may have to break form and follow the voice of their base. Who can beat McSally? It may be a nobody out there thinking “I'm sick of this … I'm gonna run without apology."... Read more»4

Older women increasingly choose work over retirement

Older women are increasingly staying in the workforce, with a 35 percent increase in the number of Arizona women ages 65 and older working past retirement age, according to the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»

Az biz leaders see interest rate hike as sign of improving economy

The Federal Reserve raised the key interest rate by a quarter-percent Wednesday, to 1.0 percent, a move that Arizona business leaders welcomed as one that is likely to benefit consumers in the state in the long run.... Read more»

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»

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»

FactChecking Trump’s CPAC speech

President Donald Trump made a triumphant return to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. But we found that Trump’s speech to his conservative “friends” at the conference contained a lot of the same false and misleading claims we’ve been fact-checking for months.... Read more»

Hard choices ahead as officials look at future of Navajo power plant

Despite pledges to look for alternatives, closing the Navajo Generating Station in Page could devastate the economy of the small Northern Arizona town, where hundreds of jobs rely on the plant and affiliated coal mine and where experts see few, if any, workable solutions.... Read more»

Monsanto pulls Pima property-tax proposal, preserves trade-zone plan

Dodging a potential thorn in the side of a federal Foreign Trade Zone application for a planned Marana greenhouse, controversial agi-biz giant Monsanto has withdrawn a proposal to pay Pima County less in property taxes while backing the FTZ bid.... Read more»

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»

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Border tax ideas could hit Arizona businesses where they live

If Trump embraces the House's "border adjusted" tax to pay for his wall, then only establishment Republicans, Mexican globalism and the president's grace in defeat will save us from global trade war, with billions at stake just here in Arizona. We've seen little evidence any of them have any authority over anything. ... Read more»

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»

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»

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»

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Time out on cruelty: Ducey's budget takes itsy-bitsy steps in right direction

Ducey's budget does not put us on a path toward a moderate future. Arizona still has a smoldering hole where the empathy goes. But for him, this budget, with its nods toward education, is practically a drum circle. I'll take it, praise the light and implore voters to make more structural changes in how Arizona operates. ... Read more»

Obama's farewell address: 'Democracy threatened whenever we take it for granted'

Complete text & video: "Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it's really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power — with our participation, and the choices we make. Whether or not we stand up for our freedoms. Whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured."... Read more»

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