/ Modified dec 21, 2017 4:01 p.m.

Tucson Economy Ready to Grow Behind Manufacturing Sector

Good economic times come as federal spending begins to increase again.

Metro Week 072817 manufacturing

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Early indications were that 2017 was another year of sub-par growth for Tucson's economy. However, more thorough analysis shows the area is growing, and could soon surpass the national average.

  • Early economic indicators showed slow job growth, but more accurate data show Tucson finally hitting its stride for job growth. Economists say that growth should accelerate in 2018.

  • Federal spending is up, which is causing a boom in Tucson's economy, particularly aerospace and defense manufacturing.

  • The mining industry is also helping boost Tucson's economy with good paying jobs. The companies are also settling in the city's growing downtown.

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