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Indicator Insight 5 2
Tom Rex

In the years following World War II, high-technology activities became a disproportionately large part of the Arizona economy, focused on the manufacturing of electronics and aerospace products. These high-tech activities were primary drivers of the Arizona economy from the 1950s into the 1980s, joined along the way by the manufacturing of instruments. Aerospace and instruments remain important components of the state’s economic base, but the significance of electronics has plummeted, leaving high tech as a whole hardly any more important to the Arizona economy than to the national economy.