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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»

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FactChecking Trump's claims in climate speech

In announcing that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a global accord aimed at addressing climate change, President Donald Trump made more than a few false and misleading claims.... Read more»

Az universities push for gender equality when hiring faculty

Percentages vary, but generally state universities follow the national trend, with the University of Arizona's faculty at 43.2 percent women, Arizona State University at 45.4 percent, and Northern Arizona University at 49.9 percent in Fall 2016.... Read more»

Group fights to revive Ajo’s economy after decades of recession

Ajo, Arizona, once nearly a ghost town, is in the hands of a single nonprofit seeking to save the economy by getting residents back into school and the workforce.... 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»

Solar could replace Navajo Generating Station power, but not its jobs

Solar power advocates say a 250-megawatt renewable-energy facility could be in place in time for the late-2019 closure of the Navajo Generating Station, if permitting and construction began right away.... Read more»

NAFTA’s impact: Real or imagined, Trump promised to rework it, return jobs to U.S.

Though debate has raged on about NAFTA’s true impact on the U.S. economy since it was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton in 1994, the general consensus among economists is that NAFTA has had a positive, if modest, actual impact on the U.S. economy.... Read more»

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»

Homeland Security announces steps against H1B visa fraud

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced steps on Monday to prevent the fraudulent use of H1B visas, used by employers to bring in specialized foreign workers temporarily, which appeared to fall short of President Trump's campaign promises to overhaul the program. ... Read more»

Report: Arizona women earn 83 percent of what men earn; U.S. gap wider

Michele Leber, 78, has been fighting to close the gender pay gap since the early 1970s, but new numbers released on the eve of Equal Pay Day show that she may still have her work cut out for her.... Read more»

Solar jobs continue growth in Arizona, not as fast as rest of nation

Arizona saw a 6 percent increase in solar jobs in 2016, bouncing back from a sharp drop the year before but still trailing well behind the national average growth of 25 percent in solar jobs.... Read more»

FactCheck: No evidence jobs data was 'manipulated' by Obama

President Donald Trump’s chief budget officer claimed — without any evidence — that “the Obama administration was manipulating the numbers” to make the nation’s unemployment rate “look smaller.”... 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»

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