Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – September 2016

The September report on state-level employment and unemployment showed that the Arkansas unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 4.0%.  The national unemployment rate was 5.0% in September, also up 0.1 percentage points. The September report on...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – August 2016

New data on employment and unemployment in metro areas came out earlier this week.  The data continue to show substantially lower unemployment rates in most Arkansas metro areas than a year earlier, although most of the decline took place in the latter part of 2015...

Arkansas Personal Income – 2016:Q2

New data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows total personal income in Arkansas increasing by 1.1% in the second quarter, up from a growth rate of 0.6% in the first quarter (revised).  The second quarter growth rate slightly exceeded the national average of...

Metro Area GDP – 2015

New data on metropolitan area GDP were published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis last week.  For the metro areas in Arkansas, the news was decidedly mixed.  Only one of Arkansas’ metro areas — Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers — had GDP growth in...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – August 2016

The Arkansas unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.9% in August.  The number of unemployed was up slightly (+267) and the number of employed was down (-1,520); however, these changes were not enough to cause the unemployment rate to budge more than a tiny fraction of a...
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