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Pet Supply Giant Chewy Brings 700 Jobs To Goodyear

 

Via azbigmedia.com

Online pet products retailer Chewy, Inc. has committed to bringing 700 new full-time jobs to Goodyear as part of its latest expansion into the southwestern United States.

The 49-acre site that the company selected for its 802,671 square foot e-commerce facility is located south of Van Buren Street on 143rd Avenue in the Airport Gateway Development, a 230-acre master planned business park. Construction of the facility began in November in anticipation of taking occupancy in the second quarter of 2018.

Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord welcomed the city’s latest investor saying “We are thrilled to announce that Chewy, Inc. has chosen Goodyear as the location for their internet fulfillment center. E-commerce will continue to be a significant driver of our nation’s economy and Goodyear is proud to be home to an innovative company like Chewy, Inc.”

 

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Economic Buzz About Tucson May Be Right, Despite Lackluster Numbers

 

Via tucson.com

That was the unexpected message UA economist George Hammond delivered in his 2018 economic forecast.

An economist telling us to ignore data and trust our feelings?! Well, it wasn’t that simple, but Hammond noted that the preliminary survey data delivered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and used by state of Arizona in its employment reports don’t seem to add up. For some of the months in late 2017, they’ve shown job losses in the Tucson area compared to the same time last year, at a time when we were supposed to be growing steadily.

“Before you get too concerned about that, I think that those estimates are way too pessimistic,” Hammond told us Friday during a luncheon at the Westin La Paloma. “I think that data, which is preliminary data, is going to be revised up significantly. Once it is revised up, that’s going to square a lot better with the buzz around town about how Tucson is doing.”

 

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Arizona Ports Of Entry Battle Infrastructure And Staffing Challenges

 

Via kdminer.com

PHOENIX – From a farm or a maquila in Sonora, Mexico to a supermarket store in Chicago, the journey of products coming from Mexico is a long, sometimes slow one. But according to border experts and officials, it’s during customs inspections at the border where the process gets delayed the most because ports of entry are understaffed and their need for investment is often overlooked.

According to a 2016 Customs and Border Protection report to Congress, CBP has 2,107 unfilled officer’s positions, despite an increase of more than 30 percent of trucks with goods crossing from Mexico over the last decade, according to date from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

In Arizona, the Tucson sector has over 20 percent of unfilled positions, according to a letter the Arizona Border Counties Coalition sent to the state’s Congressional Delegation in August.

 

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Arizona and Phoenix Lead In Small Business Wage Growth

 

Via azbigmedia.com

The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch shows a modest decline in both small business job and wage growth for November. The Small Business Jobs Index decreased 0.03 percent for the month, 0.10 for the quarter, and 0.52 percent for the year to 99.86. The national index has now been below 100 for five consecutive months. Monthly small business wage growth has slowed since reaching a high of nearly three percent in August. Hourly earnings in November stand at $26.09, a gain of 2.77 percent ($0.70) year-over year.

According to the report, Arizona leads states in wage growth, nearing five percent (4.99 percent) YOY. Southwest metros – including Phoenix, San Diego, and Riverside – also lead hourly earnings growth among national metros with rates well above four percent.

“Though the monthly declines this year have been small, they have been persistent,” said James Diffley, chief regional economist at IHS Markit. “At 99.86, the Small Business Jobs Index indicates employment growth, though steady, is now at the slowest pace since 2011.”

 

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Alaska USA Federal Credit Union Moving Operations Hub To Glendale, Bringing 136 Jobs

 

Via azcentral.com

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union will move its California operations center — and 136 jobs — to Arizona in 2018, expanding its footprint in Glendale.

The banking company already has a data center in Glendale’s Talavi Business Park, near 55th Avenue and Bell Road, that employs 65 people. The 185,000-square-foot operations center will be next door at 5551 W. Talavi Blvd.

This will be the credit union’s second operations center. The other is in Anchorage, Alaska.

 

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RTW Correlated With Economic Development

 

Via rrobserver.com

Right-to-Work merely allows workers the freedom to choose union membership and pay dues or not. It does not forbid anyone from joining a union or prohibit unions from organizing. It enhances the freedom and prosperity of individuals and communities which is why more than half of the states have passed some version of Right-to-Work. The Sandoval County proposed RTW ordinance does not impact government unions or existing union contracts.

Arizona’s gross domestic product rose 3.6 percent in 2017. Texas had the fastest-growing economy in the nation in the first quarter. In Utah, every major industrial sector expanded in 2016. Colorado’s gross domestic product jumped at an annual rate of 5.1 percent in 2016. New Mexico ranks in the bottom six overall for a fourth straight year — the worst employment growth in the U. S.

Compare unemployment and income for neighboring states and New Mexico. 2017 Unemployment Rates: Arizona (5.1 percent); Colorado (2.4 percent); Texas (4.3 percent); Utah (3.5 percent) and New Mexico (6.3 percent). 2017 Median hourly rates: Arizona ($17.05); Colorado ($19.09); Texas ($17.06); Utah ($16.83); New Mexico ($15.82). 2016 annual average income: Arizona ($46,290); Colorado ($52,710); Texas ($47,770); Utah ($45,490); New Mexico ($44,190).

 

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Best Places To Work If You Don’t Have A College Degree

 

Via businessinsider.com

If you don’t have a college degree you might consider a move to the Southwest.

That’s because Arizona is the best state to work in without a college degree, according to a report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

The report, which Business Insider first read about on CNBC, looked at the percentage of workers in a given state without a bachelor of arts (BA) degree, the median earnings for those workers, and how much those available jobs have grown in the past few decades.

Below are the top 10 states, ranked based on the percentage increase of well-paid service jobs between 1991 and 2015.

 

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NAFTA Or Not, Mexican Businesses Are Helping Arizona Thrive

 

Via azcentral.com

Pinpointing the exact number of Mexican companies that have opened in Arizona is difficult. Business leaders said that’s because no one tracks it in a comprehensive way and also numerous groups are involved in assisting companies with relocation.

In its most recent estimate, from 2016, Mexico’s Secretariat of the Economy touted 244 Mexican companies operating in Arizona, employing 8,800 people. The list includes giants such as Cemex, one of the largest building companies in the world, and Grupo Mexico, which has mining operations around the state.

Current efforts to lure Mexican businesses to Arizona, however, are increasingly focused on small to mid-size companies.

 

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Understaffed Border Ports Shut Down AZ Businesses

 

Via azcentral.com

After 93 years, the Bracker’s Department Store in downtown Nogales, Arizona closed its doors. Owners blamed a steady decrease in the number of Mexican shoppers crossing the border amid long wait times at the border.

His department store joins a string of border businesses that have called it quits over the past decade. Like thousands of businesses along the U.S.-Mexico border, Bracker’s bottom line was highly dependent on Mexican shoppers.

But rising wait times and chronic staff shortages at the international border crossings are increasingly keeping would-be customers away. Since 2009, when the federal government strengthened passport controls, the number of pedestrians crossing through downtown Nogales — Bracker’s customers — has dropped by half.

 

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