Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – September 2020

After recovering through the months of May, June and July, continued improvement Arkansas labor markets has slowed.  The unemployment rate ticked slightly lower in September, declining 0.1 percentage point to 7.3%.  However, there has been no statistically significant...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – August 2020

The establishment survey for August showed payroll employment higher in all eight metro areas covering parts of Arkansas.  The household survey, on the other hand, showed higher unemployment for six of the eight. First, the payroll data:  Statewide nonfarm payroll...

Arkansas Personal Income – 2020:Q2

Today’s report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis showed that total personal income increased by 7.0% in Arkansas in the second quarter of 2020 – an annualized growth rate of 31.3%. Arkansas’ growth rate was slightly slower than the 34.2% pace...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – August 2020

The state-level employment report for August had mixed news for Arkansas.  The headline was an unexpected increase in the unemployment rate, from 7.1% to 7.4%.  The U.S. unemployment rate had been reported as declining from 10.2% to 8.4% in August, and Arkansas was...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – July 2020

The July report on metro area employment and unemployment that came out this morning showed continued improvement in Arkansas labor markets following the pandemic-related downturn in March and April. Payroll employment increased from June to July in six of...
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