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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»

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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»

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»

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»

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 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»

Metro Tucson gained jobs faster than metro Phoenix, Arizona in Nov.

The Tucson region added 18,100 jobs, or 1.5 percent in November, compared with a year earlier. Arizona and metro Phoenix added just 1.1 percent to their employment rolls. Tucson's unemployment rate hit the lowest level in nine years.... Read more»

Tucson's jobless rate falls for 3rd month, to 4.8 percent

Metro Tucson gained 7,000 jobs in October, compared with a year earlier. The jobless rate fell for the third month in a row, and it matched the Phoenix area in gaining nearly 2 percent more jobs in a year-over-year comparison.... Read more»

Arizonans approve ballot measure to raise minimum wage

Supporters of Prop. 206, the measure to raise the minimum wage, gathered alongside a crowd of about 300 gathered at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel on Tuesday night and cheered as early election results appeared on the screen.... Read more»

Tucson's job growth tied for 3rd place in Az

Metro Tucson’s job growth over the year remained above the national average in September but fell to third place in the state after hovering in second place for several months.... Read more»

Sharon Bronson debates Kim DeMarco in pivotal Pima supervisors race

The Pima County Board of Supervisors could switch from a Democratic to a Republican majority, depending on the race between incumbent Sharon Bronson and GOP challenger Kim DeMarco in the Nov. 8 election. Read their answers to some important questions.... Read more»1

Tucson's job growth no longer 3rd in U.S.

Metro Tucson had the third highest job growth in the country — for one month. The latest calculation, based on August numbers, shows the area has fallen out of the national top 10, but Tucson gained 8,200 jobs over the year and tied with Phoenix for second place in the state.... Read more»

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»

Factchecking Kaine vs. Pence on unemployment

In comparing the records of the vice presidential candidates, Donald Trump ignores prevailing economic trends when he notes that when Tim Kaine was governor of Virginia “unemployment doubled” while under Gov. Mike Pence, Indiana has seen “great job growth.”... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Welcome to the Boomtown: Caterpillar deal just part of Tucson's resurgence

Caterpillar jobs pay well — the kind of well that Tucson isn't used to. After 14 months of calling BS left, right and center that has left me at times feeling like the elderly Muppet Show hecklers, I figured I would explain how Tucson's economy seems to be blossoming in its own right. Good things are afoot here.... Read more»

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