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Tucson Industrial Market Snapshot: Thank You, Small Business

  
  
  
Warehouse Doors Tucson Industrial

With Tucson and Arizona post-recession job recovery lagging the nation, the Tucson industrial market sneaked in progress throughout 2013 in bite-sized increments, fueled by the health of startups and other small businesses. Available buildings over 100,000 square feet (sf) were the market’s enduring opportunity, while market drivers included activity in the mining sector and refocus on trade and logistics.

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Tucson Retail Market Snapshot

  
  
  
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Despite fewer shopping days in the critical holiday season, retail spending was up 3.5% nationally, aided by deep discounts by retailers. In the Tucson housing market, residential sales volume and median prices ended the year higher (14.0% and 7.1%, respectively), as positive recovery continued.

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2013 Tucson Commercial Real Estate Market in Review

  
  
  
Tucson market statistics

Don't want to digest reams of stats on the Tucson commercial real estate market's state of affairs? We've got short snapshots for you here. That being said, if you enjoy diving into that statistical stuff, say the word, and we'll send some your way...

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Tucson Retail Market: Just How Good is it?

  
  
  
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Arizona job growth outpaced the national rate as the state continued to recover. Statewide improvement in job gains will have a positive effect on all Arizona markets. According to Forbes magazine and Moody’s Analytics, Arizona ranks No. 1 nationally for projected job growth over the next five years, forecasted to increase 3.0% with an annual economic growth of 4.6%. The housing recovery statewide positively impacted construction jobs in both Phoenix and Tucson, with the volume of building permits strengthening. Conventional lending is recovering, and inventory remained below the balance point at 3.5 months, while finished lot supply is scarce.

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Tucson Industrial Market Improves in 4th Consecutive Positive Quarter

  
  
  
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Arizona job growth outpaced the national rate as the state continued to recover. Statewide improvement in job gains was primarily found in the Phoenix metropolitan area, with only 1,300 new jobs in the Tucson region since July 2012. According to Forbes magazine and Moody’s Analytics, Arizona ranks No. 1 nationally for projected job growth over the next five years, forecasted to increase 3.0% with an annual economic growth of 4.6%. The housing recovery statewide positively impacted construction jobs in both Phoenix and Tucson, but permits remained low, relative to historic norms. Conventional lending is recovering and inventory remained below the balance point at 3.5 months while finished lot supply is scarce.

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Tucson retail snapshot: Positive trend continues

  
  
  
Tucson retail market

Arizona job growth has outpaced the nation since hitting bottom in fall 2010, and is making significant progress toward full employment. Much of the growth focused on Phoenix while Tucson’s progress was less robust. Local unemployment rates continued to improve ending May at 6.3%, a full percentage point improvement since January 2013. Retail sales in the metro area increased 2.1% year over year and May home sales rose with median prices up 12.0% and closings up 11.0%, both over May 2012. All of the key economic indicators are pointing in the right direction.

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Mid-Year Tucson Industrial Update: Dare we say positive?

  
  
  
Tucson industrial market

Arizona job growth outpaced the nation since hitting bottom in fall 2010, but is still digging out of the significant hole left by job losses during the downturn. Much of the growth focused on Phoenix while Tucson’s progress was less robust. Local unemployment rates continued to improve ending May at 6.3%, a full percentage-point improvement since January 2013. Retail sales in the metro area increased 2.1% year over year and May home sales rose with median prices up 12.0% and closings up 11.0%, both over May 2012.

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US Retail Sales vs. Industrial Leasing Activity | CushWake Industrial Research

  
  
  
US Retail Sales vs Industrial Leasing Activity

The rise in United States retail sales bodes well for industrial leasing, as the latest "fact of the week" released by Cushman & Wakefield's research team indicates: 

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Tucson industrial market: Back-to-back quarters of strong activity

  
  
  
Tucson industrial market statistics

From an economic standpoint, the State of Arizona reported significant job gains for the local market in February, with Tucson’s unemployment rate improving to 6.7% from 7.3% in January. In the past year, 3,500 more jobs were added, largely in the education, leisure/hospitality and construction sectors.

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Tucson office market follows on a strong 2012 finish in Q1

  
  
  
Tucson Office

As with the national scene, quarter after quarter, we have cited the need for jobs to fuel a Tucson office market rebound. The State of Arizona reported significant job gains for the local market in February, with Tucson's unemployment improving to 6.7% from 7.3% in January. In the past year, 3,500 more jobs were added, largely in the education, leisure/hospitality and construction sectors.

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