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  • New report shows County one of nation's leaders in job growth

    Aug 22, 2016 | Read More News
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    The Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity’s recent jobs report shows Pima County as one of the leading growth markets of its size in the country and the state. 

    World ViewThe latest numbers show the Tucson metropolitan statistical area, which encompasses all of Pima County, had the second fastest job growth in the state and the third fastest in the nation for midsized MSAs – those with 500,000 to 1,000,000 residents. 

    Pima County added nearly 15,000 new jobs between July 2015 and July 2016, an increase of 4.2 percent. In Arizona, only Prescott had a higher percentage job growth at 6.4 percent. 

    By comparison, job growth in Phoenix over the same time was 3.1 percent and the state’s overall growth was 3 percent. Ogden and Provo, Utah, were the comparable MSAs that grew at a faster rate. Manufacturing, health care and financial activities lead growth locally. 

    Consumer confidence also has improved, which is reflected in the jobs numbers. The Rocky Mountain Poll’s Behavior Research Center’s quarterly poll shows consumer confidence in the Tucson MSA has increased from 65.1 last summer to 89.4 percent in June. That is the highest consumer confidence has been in Pima County since before the Great Recession.

    “Economic development does not happen overnight. It takes regional and state cooperation and a guiding document like the County’s Economic Development Plan, which lays out specific actions necessary to lay the groundwork for private sector growth,” Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said. “Our plan is working and the economic seeds we have planted since 2012 are beginning to bear fruit. There are numerous other economic development negotiations underway with other major regional and national employers, and I expect the job growth harvest to continue for the foreseeable future.”

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