by Recruiter on August 19, 2011

Arizona’s major industries include agriculture, manufacturing and mining, and tourism.  According to, Arizona’s top five agricultural products are cattle and calves, lettuce, dairy products, cotton, and hay; 47% agricultural production is livestock and the remaining 53% is in crops. Fabricated metal products, computer and electronic equipment, and food products are produced in Arizona.  Copper, silver and gold have been mined in Arizona for centuries.  Arizona Guide notes “in 2007, more than 60 percent of all copper mined in the United States came from Arizona.” Lastly, the tourism industry provides a boost to Arizona’s economy with millions of tourist visiting the state and all the state has to offer – great golfing, Grand Canyon, world class spas and resorts, museums, etc.
The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics notes the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Arizona increased from 9.1% in May 2011 to 9.3% in June 2011.  This increase reflects the seasonal and government job losses.  Arizona Department of Administration states “Government had the most losses by far of all the sectors, losing 49,100 jobs, mainly in state and Local Public Education.

SOURCE: Arizona Nonfarm Industry Employment Projections 2008 to 2018
Current Job Listings:
IT Specialist (Customer Support) at Department Of Health And Human Services
Salary range $37,855.00 – $70,236.00 /year
Major Accounts Sales Representative at ADP
First year earnings potential is in the $75K-90K range

Media Consultant at Cox Media


New Mexico

by Recruiter on August 19, 2011

A variety of agriculture including grains and beans, cattle farming, natural resources and tourism all contribute towards New Mexico’s economy.  Business Facilities magazine published their 2010 Rankings Report, which is an annual overview of the economic landscape as well as locations that are leading the way.  The report looked at a new category the growth potential of a location’s economic development initiative.  New Mexico came in 8th place under the category ‘Economic Growth Potential.’  New Mexico ranked high in the following categories:

•#2 in Solar Energy Manufacturing Leaders
•#3 in Workforce Training Leaders
•#5 in Alternative Energy Leaders
•#8 in Economic Growth Potential
New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in June 2011, lower than the national rate of 9.2%.  The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions press release last month stated “the rate of over-the-year job growth, comparing June 2011 with June 2010, was 0.3 percent, representing an increase of 2,400 jobs.”  The release further notes that June is significant since it was the first instance New Mexico reported actual job growth in 32 months.  The release states that “the recovery likely started a while back, but lack of significant momentum left the state’s job growth rate close to the zero line for more than a year” which indicates that the recovery has been difficult.
NM Department of Workforce Solutions breaks down the current job situation noting that there are six growing and seven declining industries.  Growing industries include the educational and health services, which added 7,500 jobs.  Retail trade reported 3,800 additional jobs and wholesale trade gained 1,300 jobs.  Meanwhile the mining industry reported a boost of 1,300 jobs.  Also, the financial field posted gains of 600 jobs. Lastly, transportation, warehousing & utilities industry gained 800 jobs, up 3.8 percent.  Unemployment was down in the remaining private sector industries including the following:  professional and business services industry, construction, information industry, manufacturing and the leisure and hospitality industry; and the miscellaneous other services category lost 100 jobs.
Current Job Listings:
Supervisory Health System Specialist at Department Of Health And Human Services
Salary range $47,448.00 – $61,678.00 /year
Audit Associate at KPMG
Program Center Coordinator at Department Of Housing And Urban Development

Salary range $96,690.00 – $155,500.00 /year



July 30, 2011

Texas nearly skirted the 2008-2009 recession, with most new jobs being created in professional fields such as accounting, security services and law. Texas’ economy is diverse and the oil and natural gas industries contributed to the state’s tax base.  In addition it’s low tax burden makes Texas business friendly and appealing for companies to locate [...]

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New York

July 24, 2011

New York’s top industries include the financial sector, insurance, health care and real estate. New York has well over 200 banks which represent every major country and the City leads the country in the number of Fortune 500 and 1000 companies headquartered there, including 8 of the world’s top 10 securities firms.  Tourism and the [...]

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July 10, 2011

The manufacturing and financial sectors contribute greatly to Ohio’s economy, employing a large population of Ohioans. Sherwin Williams, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and Proctor and Gamble Company are just a few leading manufacturers that are headquartered in Ohio.  While the leading financial corporations include: Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, National City Corporation, Fifth Third Bancorp,The [...]

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June 19, 2011

Alaska’s economy is driven by the Federal government, petroleum, and a third sector that includes seafood, international air cargo, mining, tourism and timber.  The leisure and hospitality industry is showing great promise and growth in Alaska, as well as making a significant impact on the states economy. Examples of occupations in the leisure and hospitality [...]

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June 18, 2011

Wisconsin’s economy is driven by the manufacturing, healthcare, and agriculture sector. According to the February 7, 2011 issue of CNN Money the top 10 companies to work for in Wisconsin include Johnson Financial Group, Mattel, Robert W. Baird, S.C. Johnson & Son, and Grainger.  Wisconsin’s low corporate income tax furthers its reputation as a business [...]

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