Job growth in the city of Tucson lags slightly behind the statewide rate.
In the past year, the number of jobs in Arizona has grown by 2.3 percent, according to a report from the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.
In Tucson, that number is around 1.3 percent- a figure that is below the national average and relatively slow compared to many other metropolitan areas. However, Tucson’s job growth has remained lower than Arizona’s for several years now, throughout the entire recovery from the Great Recession.
Despite this lag, there are positives in recent data, such as Tucson’s job growth in the high-paying manufacturing sector, thanks to expansions in the aerospace and defense sector.
Throughout the state, the biggest growth sector in the last year was leisure and hospitality, an area that often entails lower wages and a lack of benefits. However, Tucson’s growth has been based more so around jobs that tend to pay more, such as healthcare and aerospace manufacturing.
For more information about job growth in Tucson and throughout the state, please visit the official website of the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.