As of May 2012, Tucson workers made, on average, about 7 percent less per hour than the national rate, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show. And the gap is getting bigger: A year earlier, the difference was 5 percent.
Tucson’s job growth substantially lags Phoenix’s, and the state predicts that about a third of the 3,000 jobs expected to be created here this year will be in leisure and hospitality.
The median wage of a restaurant cook is $10.63, a housekeeper $8.82, a landscaper $9.87 and a tour guide $10.42. Many of the rest of the anticipated jobs are in construction.
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