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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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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»

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»

Legislative roundup: Cell phones and tampon tax

On Valentine’s Day, the Arizona State Capitol was full of gratuitous shows of love: singing on the House floor, heart-shaped balloons on the rose garden. But whether state minimum wage workers will feel the love became the question. Meanwhile, legislators reviewed bills on tax returns, sales taxes on tampons, teen drivers and more.... Read more»

Intel uses White House to announce resumption of $7B Chandler factory plan

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich used the Oval Office as a backdrop Wednesday to formally announce the company’s $7 billion investment in a new chip plant in Chandler, a long-delayed project that is expected to create as many as 3,000 high-tech jobs in Arizona.... 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»

Feds face Trump hiring freeze, with 100s of Arizona jobs vacant

With almost 500 vacant federal jobs in Arizona currently, many in the Department of Veterans Affairs, agencies are grappling with who’s in and who’s out. And lawmakers are keeping a wary eye.... 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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