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Unemployment dips in Arizona for December, but job market still tight

As COVID-19 pummels away in Arizona, unemployment in the state dipped slightly in December, with the restaurant and entertainment industries continuing to take the hardest hits. The unemployment rate dropped 0.5%, putting Arizona among 20 states to post December decreases.... Read more»

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Az jobless rate plummets in August, nearing pre-pandemic levels

Arizona’s unemployment rate plummeted last month to almost pre-pandemic levels, falling from 10.7% in July to 5.9% in August, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»

Revised Arizona job numbers give metro Tucson less 2018 growth

An annual revision of employment numbers gave Arizona 5,600 more jobs last year, but metro Tucson ended up with 2,900 fewer than had been reported — Tucson had an increase of 6,100 jobs.... Read more»

Arizona could add almost 166,000 jobs by mid-2020

Arizona is expected to add almost 166,000 jobs between the last quarter of 2018 and middle of 2020, the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity said. Construction and manufacturing jobs will lead the way.... Read more»

Arizona added almost 94,000 jobs in 2018 - shutdown effects still unknown

Arizona added an estimated 93,900 non-farm jobs last year, with every major metro getting a share, although 82 percent went to metro Phoenix and 10 percent to metro Tucson. And it's too early to tell how the federal shutdown will affect the state.... Read more»

Metro Tucson gains12,000 jobs; growth still lags state

Metro Tucson gained 12,000 mostly service jobs over the past year and its unemployment rate in November remained below Arizona’s, according to the latest state estimate.... Read more»

Electronics manufacturing & construction are hot spots for Arizona jobs

Arizona gained 3,500 jobs in computer and electronics parts manufacturing over the past year, about 15 percent of all new jobs created in that field nationwide. Construction jobs continue to soar, but retail and government jobs aren't doing as well in the state. ... Read more»

Arizona adding jobs faster than population growing

Job applicants continue to flood Arizona and most appear to land jobs fairly quickly, with the state adding positions faster than our population is growing. Even so, the unemployment rate blipped up slightly in September.... Read more»

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»

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»

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'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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