While not enjoying job recovery on pace with the national average, metro Tucson added 3,300 jobs year-over-year through August. Educational/Health Services and Professional/ Business Services accounted for 78.8% of the job growth, with unemployment improving significantly to 5.3% by September.
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Comcast Cable recently signed a lease for the former American Home Furnishings building near the Tucson Mall for its new IT, call center and social media operations. The company announced its plans to add 1,125 jobs in May. With an annual payroll of $35 million, the facility will be staffed by IT and customer-support workers. The center will house Spanish-speaking employees specializing in social media so customers can connect with Comcast via Twitter, Facebook or other outlets. One of the major decision factors for selection of the Tucson Galleria site was based upon the convenient commuting options to the building.
In our first installment of the Metro Tucson Employment Report, note that according to August 2015 figures, Metro Tucson unemployment stood at 6.2% with 0.9% job growth over a 12-month period. Relative to the ten U. S. cities with most comparable MSA ranking, Tucson's job growth ranked ninth.