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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»

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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»

Tucson call center to add 500 jobs

A call center in Tucson has announced plans to hire up to 500 more workers here over the next week.... 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»

Despite gains, Arizona blacks still lag in employment, income

President Donald Trump bragged that African American joblessness is at the lowest rate ever, but advocates and experts say there is still a long way to go from what one called “depression-type” black unemployment in Arizona.... Read more»

FactChecking Trump’s State of the Union

The president exaggerates his accomplishments in his address to Congress.... Read more»

New solar panel tariffs will be felt by Arizona companies, consumers

New tariffs imposed last week by the Trump administration on imported solar products will benefit domestic manufacturers, but could hit consumers and other parts of the solar energy industry hard, experts said.... Read more»

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»

New Tucson office: GEICO to add hundreds of car insurance jobs

Insurance giant GEICO will build a new office in The Bridges development on Tucson's South Side, adding about 700 jobs to the company's 2,100 employees in the area.... 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»

Arizona dairy woman grows appreciation for female farmers

About 45 percent of the farmers in Arizona are women, making it the state with the highest proportion of women farmers in a declining industry, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. ... 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»

Arizona law enforcement doesn’t reflect state’s diversity

Despite national calls for more diverse law enforcement agencies, very few, if any, Arizona police departments reflect the demographics of the communities they serve.... Read more»

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