Economic and Business Research Center

The premier source for information on Arizona’s economy since 1949.

Economic and Business Research Center

The Economic and Business Research Center (EBRC) focuses on applied economic research and community education for Arizona.

Through the Forecasting Project, events such as the Economic Outlook Luncheon, funded research projects and online resources Arizona’s Economy, Arizona-Mexico Economic Indicators and the MAP Dashboard, EBRC makes the latest data and analysis available to Arizona's citizens and decision makers.


March 13, 2020 - EBRC Director George Hammond discusses whether a recession is possible.

In this Arizona 360 interview with Lorraine Rivera, Hammond reviews the recession outlook and how the virus and public reactions to the evolving crisis will impact sectors of Arizona's economy.


As the impacts of reduced household wealth and social distancing work through the economy due to the spread of COVID-19, tracking the economic performance of the travel and tourism sector can help to get an early read and provide insight into the size and scope of these impacts on the overall economy. Going forward we will be tracking key daily and weekly indicators. Check back often for updates and as we add new indicators.

Just scroll down the page to review and download the indicators. Use your cursor as a tooltip on the charts to view the numbers.

As of March 23, 2020, all Arizona and U.S. daily confirmed coronavirus case data is extracted, recorded, and updated on the site between 9am and 10am PST. It is possible for these numbers to change throughout the day. 

Note: The official numbers for Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance for the U.S. are released every Thursday morning covering the week ending on the previous Saturday.

Note: The official numbers for Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance for Arizona are released every Thursday covering the week ending on the previous Saturday. An advanced number is released in the morning for the states, but the official numbers for the states are released in the afternoon. We update using the official release.

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The Forecasting Project

EBRC’s Forecasting Project team produces the most in-depth economic analyses and forecasts available for Arizona and its communities. These quarterly forecasts aid our community sponsors around the state in their pursuit of the next level of business success. - George Hammond, Forecasting Project director

"Maricopa Association of Governments uses the data, analysis and forecasts from EBRC’s Forecasting Project to add to our understanding of emerging trends in the Phoenix metropolitan area. It gives us another valuable way to view the future of the region."
  - Anubhav Bagley, Regional Analytics Director, Maricopa Association of Governments

"EBRC’s Forecasting Project provides the RTA with high-quality data, analysis, and forecasts for the Tucson region that add significantly to our understanding of local economic trends and implications for the future.  The economic data we receive is critical to our organization."
  - Robert Samuelsen, Chief Financial Officer, Regional Transportation Authority

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EBRC’s work on the MAP Dashboard website has helped to move the needle in several key areas. It has become the trusted source of information that Southern Arizona uses to benchmark progress and inspire action.

- Ron Shoopman, Chair, Arizona Board of Regents


Arizona Payroll Job Growth in 2018
vs. 1.7% for the US


Arizona Average Hourly Earnings 2018
Up 1.5% in 2018 vs. $27.53 for the US, up 3.3%


Arizona's Population as of July 1, 2019
1.7% annual growth vs. 0.6% for the US

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520-621-2155 office

520-621-2150 fax

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McClelland Hall 103
The University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210108
Tucson, AZ 85721-0108


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