Author Archives: Keeley Byer

Mixed-use construction is ramping up in Phoenix

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According to JLL’s Q2 Phoenix Office Insight Report, five new office projects totaling 638,090 square feet broke ground in the second quarter of 2017. One of the five projects is the Camelback Collective, the ±3.62 acre mixed-use project in the prominent Camelback Corridor which will consist of office space and a hotel. This project is the… Read More

Phoenix ranked No. 3 “Fastest Growing Tech City”

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Phoenix saw an 188% increase in tech jobs from 2016 to 2017, ranking it third in the nation for tech job growth. Huntsville, AL, and Thousand Oaks, CA, took the top two spots with a 309% increase and 200% increase in tech jobs over the same time period.

The top tech jobs in… Read More

Phoenix unemployment rate reaches 10-year low

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Total non-farm employment in Metro Phoenix reached 2,023,400 payrolls in April 2017, representing an annualized increase of 48,800 jobs. As a result, unemployment was reported at 3.9 percent in April, down 60 basis points from one year prior. This is the lowest unemployment rate we’ve seen in Metro Phoenix in ten years.

Job growth was led by the Leisure & Hospitality and Financial Activities sectors, which added 14,700 jobs and 8,800 jobs, respectively. Mining, Logging &… Read More

Maricopa County has the highest annual population growth in the United States

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Maricopa County grew by 81,360 residents between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016, the largest population gain in the nation. Harris County, Texas, had the second-largest net migration, growing by 56,587 people over the same time period.

The city of Phoenix added approximately 32,113 residents over the same time span, making it… Read More

Phoenix Startup growth ranked No. 8 in the nation

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Greater Phoenix is the eighth best metro for entrepreneurs in the nation, according to the 2017 Kauffmann Startup Activity Index which tracks startup growth in the U.S. The Grand Canyon State earned the No. 4 spot for state startup activity, just behind California, Texas and Florida

The Kauffman Startup Activity Index focuses on… Read More

Phoenix is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U.S.

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Phoenix’s population rose from nearly 4.2 million to more than 4.6 million from 2010 to 2016 based on new population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Metro Phoenix averaged a total net increase of over 1,436 persons per week over that time period.

Of the top ten metro areas with the highest… Read More

Two Phoenix universities among the most wanted alumni for tech employment

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According to the “2017 Most Wanted Tech Employee” report, Arizona State University ranked 10th and University of Phoenix ranked 22nd in volume of hires made by the top 25 Silicon Valley companies in 2016.

Not only does Phoenix provide cheaper rents and a… Read More

Arizona State University recognized for innovation driving economic growth in Phoenix

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Arizona State University (ASU) ranked 21st in the Milken Institute’s “University Technology Transfer and Commercialization Index.” The Index quantitatively measures how public and private universities capitalize on their research success by converting it for private-sector applications.

With an index score of 100, the University of Utah ranked first in the study followed closely… Read More

Phoenix tech sector continues to thrive

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According to a recent report released by the Computing Technology Industry Association, the average annual salary of a tech employee in Phoenix was $98,870 in 2016. Workers employed in the Phoenix tech sector earn nearly twice the average metro area salary of $50,200.

Arizona ranked ninth nationally with 48.3 percent of all tech… Read More

Average office asking rent increases to the highest level since 2008

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The average asking rent in Metro Phoenix reached $24.91 per square foot (Full Service Gross) in in the first quarter of 2017. Asking rents have increased 4.9 percent from one year ago and have surged 22.8 percent since 2012.

Phoenix asking rents are still 7.1 percent below the pre-recession peak of $26.82 set… Read More