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ADOT trains truckers from Mexico to pass safety inspections

Sixty truck drivers scribbled notes in a Mexican warehouse last month as they listened to a United States border inspection officer describe the types of things officers examine during border inspections: Flat tires. Broken headlights. Cargo that’s not secured.... Read more»

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»

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»

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»

What the Devil won't tell you

Arizona losing the economic Battle of Yesteryear

The whole point of Arizona model of "always low taxes" is to win the battle for business. But it looks like our state is fighting the last battle and losing. We have the stingiest combination of low state spending and high poverty rates in America, and now state leaders — and the state as a whole — are going to have to go back to school to cash in on the changing economy.... Read more»

‘Brain drain’ persists in Arizona

Tucson is known for its syrupy sweet Eegee’s slushies, superior Mexican food and for many years, it’s been haunted by stories of “brain drain” – that is, University of Arizona graduates leaving to work elsewhere after they get their degrees.... 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»

Analyst: Tucson's economy should grow faster over next 2 years

Tucson's economy has been gaining momentum and is expected to grow even faster over the next two years, especially if some of president-elect Donald Trump's proposals are enacted, University of Arizona economist George Hammond said Friday.... Read more»2

Tucson remains in 2nd place for job growth in Az

Tucson's unemployment rate fell in August, and was tied with metro Phoenix for having the second highest job growth over the past year in Arizona. Prescott again came in first. ... Read more»

Metro Tucson sees 2nd highest job growth in Arizona

Metro Tucson is adding jobs at one of the fastest rates in the state. The area recorded 4.2 percent more jobs in July compared with data from a year earlier. That is the second highest growth behind the Prescott area. Arizona overall, meanwhile, reported a fourth consecutive monthly increase in the unemployment rate.... Read more»

Maricopa got residents from across U.S., lost them to nearby counties

Maricopa County gained residents from nearly 1,000 counties across the U.S. – from Pinal County to as far away as Washington County, Maine – and lost residents to an even wider swath, the Census Bureau reported. But within Arizona, Maricopa saw a net loss of population to other counties, while Pinal and Pima had net gains of in-state residents between 2007 to 2011.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Arizona's 2014 economic forecast

Dr. George Hammond of the UA Eller College of Management joined Bill and financial planner Shelly Fishman in a discussion of 2014's financial outlook. Also, we talk about year-end giving with Barbara Brown of the Community Foundation for Southern Az. Plus, a 2014 housing forecast from real estate expert Raj Kohli.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Az's economic outlook: Are we playing catch up?

Shelly Fishman fills in for the vacationing Bill Buckmaster on a show featuring a conversation with state Sen. Steve Farley, (D-District 9). Next, we talked with Dr. George Hammond, associate director of the Economic and Business Research Center in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Mid-year economic forecast for Tucson and Arizona

Reporter Jeff Demand in Prescott updated us on the terrible firefighting tragedy in Yarnell. Also, commentators Vince Rabago and John Munger with the Monday Political Face-Off. Plus, a mid-year update from University of Arizona economic forecaster Marshall Vest and Dr. George Hammond, associate director of the Economic and Business Research Center at the UA Eller College of Business.... Read more»