Jobs & Workforce

Arizona Firm Moves To Seacoast,Creates 100 Jobs

  Via PORTSMOUTH — A company that develops imaging devices to help physicians detect, track and monitor skin changes relocated to the Seacoast from Arizona, following a meeting between Gov. Chris Sununu and company executives earlier this year. Sununu is scheduled to officially welcome Digital Skin Imaging (DSI Acquisition Inc.), a new high-tech medical device company, to Portsmouth during a 5:30 p.m. reception today at Medtronic, 180 International Drive,

Small Business Hiring Slows in August But Wages Gain Momentum

Via Small-business hiring showed a slowdown for the sixth consecutive month in August but hourly earnings continue to gain momentum, a report from human resources firm Paychex said Tuesday. The Small Business Jobs Index declined 0.02 percent from last month and 0.74 percent from a year earlier. Small-business wages continue to rise, reaching a 3 percent, or 76 cents, annual growth rate in August and a 3.27 percent three-month

'Sustainable Tucson' Is A Long Way Off

Via The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network ranked Tucson particularly low — 94th out of 100 of the most populous metro areas — when it came to poverty. In 2014, nearly 21 percent of area residents lived in poverty. Tucson also fared poorly in education. In 2014, Tucson ranked 13th worst for its dropout rate and in the bottom half for people attaining college degrees. When it came

Arizona Lawmakers And Business Leaders On Trade Mission To Mexico

Via A group of Arizona lawmakers and business leaders is on its way to Mexico this morning. They’re part of a bipartisan trade delegation that’ll spend the week meeting with some of their counterparts in Mexico. State Rep. Tony Rivero, a Peoria Republican, is helping lead the Arizona contingent. I caught up with him at the airport just before taking off and asked him what his goal is with

Via That information comes from an annual study published by New York based personal finance technology company SmartAsset this week. After cracking the top 10 in the study last year, Sierra Vista remains the only city in Arizona to make the list of the top 25. SmartAsset ranked 201 cities that had data for the five metrics it uses and noted that only 12 other cities in the study

Via PHOENIX — The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained stuck at 5.1 percent in July, a figure now virtually unchanged for a year, even as the national jobless rate dropped a tenth of a point last month to 4.3 percent. But the state official responsible for reporting the data said Thursday there’s some good news in all that. And Doug Walls, research administrator for the Office of Economic Opportunity,

Thousands Of High Paying Arizona Jobs Still Vacant, State Can't Fill Them

Via High paying jobs being left unfilled in Arizona because of worker shortages. State employers are reporting there are 10,000 high paying job vacancies with no way to fill them. It’s an issue Senator Steve Smith (R – D 11) is hoping to help solve. He held the first of three hearings to help come up with a solution that will help bring in the right workers. “We have

County Sees Highest Job Growth Since 2008

Via According to data from Arizona’s Office of Economic Opportunity, the Cochise County economy added 500 jobs in the 12 months ended June for job growth of 1.5 percent. June’s year-over-year job gains were the most since the 12 months ended November 2008. In the 12 months from July last year through June this year, Cochise County saw year-over-year job gains in four months with stabilization in four months

Promoting And Preparing Metro Phoenix's Middle-Skilled Workforce

Via Inside a brightly lit room with a constant buzz of machines, Kirill Motenko is on a mission. “I have no background in this at all,” he said. After years working as a meat cutter, Motenko is learning to cut metal. More precisely, how to tell a machine to do it. “From the blueprints, you take the measurements, which ones you need and then you have to write that

Via PHOENIX — The latest jobless numbers suggest Arizonans are feeling pretty good about the state’s future — or at least their own. On paper, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June remained unchanged from May at 5.1 percent. And the state shed 5,700 private sector jobs over the same period, including the expected seasonal losses in businesses dependent on winter visitors. But here’s the thing. The sector of the economy