J.D. Mesnard, speaker of the Arizona House, and other legislators toured promising places on Tucson’s economic landscape at the end of last week.
The group hit our booming downtown. Journeyed to Raytheon, with its impending expansion. Toured the Port of Tucson and saw its intermodal connections to Mexican trade.
In short, what they saw was encouraging. But at the same time, on Thursday, the state’s monthly employment report came out. It showed that, far from booming, the Tucson area’s employment remains moribund. In Pima County, the number of employed people actually dropped by 2,300 from September 2016 to September 2017, the state Office of Economic Opportunity reported.