Gross Domestic Product Per Employee as a Percentage of the U.S. Metro Average, 2013
A reasonable target is for GDP per employee, a proxy measure for productivity, to be near the U.S. metro average in Arizona’s larger metro areas. In 2013, GDP per employee relative to the national metropolitan average was 8 percent less in Metro Phoenix and 25 percent less in Metro Tucson. GDP per employee was 19 percent below the U.S. metro average in Metro Sierra Vista and from 29-to-39 percent below average in the other four metro areas. A number of factors account for the geographic variation, with the industrial mix being the largest factor.