2,200 jobs in southern Arizona to be filled in next 12 months

Posted By Mike Padgett

Feb. 25, 2009

TUCSON, Ariz. – Nearly 100 companies in southern Arizona plan to fill more than 2,200 open positions over the next year, according to a new survey.

The positive news in the current economic downturn came to light during a survey conducted by Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities Inc. (TREO), an economic development agency.

The top 170 employers in southern Arizona were contacted by TREO to learn which companies planned to hire new employees over the next 12 months.

Nearly 100 companies responded to the survey. They said they plan to fill more than 2,200 open positions during the next year. Industries with the largest number of open positions include manufacturing, logistics, aerospace, construction and professional services.

About 60 percent of the positions are defined as high-skilled, requiring technical training or a bachelor’s degree to be considered for the job.

“While much focus currently is on the number of layoffs and business closures, the news is not all ‘doom and gloom,’” said Joe Snell, TREO president and CEO. “There are jobs in Tucson, and at TREO we are working to improve the connectivity between our companies that are hiring and those looking for jobs.”

Company referrals for interviews are available upon request.

TREO was formed in 2005 to promote economic development for greater Tucson and the surrounding communities. For more information, visit www.treoaz.org.

 

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Feb 25th, 2009

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