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Job numbers, home prices continue to rise in metro Tucson

Arizona has added about 72,400 jobs over the year and metro Tucson, about 7,400, based on July state estimates. Hiring at restaurants and bars was especially strong in Tucson. The median home price reached $215,000 in July; close to its highest point in at least a decade..... Read more»

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Arizona expected to keep adding jobs faster than rest of U.S.

Arizona is expected to add about 543,000 jobs between 2016 and 2026. And, no surprise, Maricopa County is expected to capture most. Medical and social assistance jobs will account for about a third of the new jobs due largely to aging Baby Boomers. The rising minimum wage seems to not be hurting restaurant and bar jobs. ... Read more»

Metro Tucson adds 7,700 jobs year over year

After many months of landing at or near the bottom of Arizona's metro areas for job growth, Tucson is finally landing more in the middle. The region added an estimated 7,700 jobs over the year, comparing June to the same month last year. ... Read more»

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»

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

‘Chain migration’: The definitions, history & faces behind family-based immigration

“Chain migration,” “family reunification” and “family-based immigration” are three terms used to describe the same thing: migrating to the United States and gaining lawful permanent residency through an immediate relative who lives here legally.... Read more»

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»

Sears shuttering Park Place store after 57 years

Formerly a flagship of U.S. retailers, and now a flagging chain, Sears has been closing hundreds of its stores — including its eponymous department stores and Kmart sites. Among them will be the location at Park Place Mall in Tucson, which is set to close this summer.... 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»

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»

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

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