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Arkansas Economic Forecast Conference – 2019


Little Rock Regional Economic Briefing – 2019

Post-Briefing Update, November 14, 2019:

Thank you to all who attended this morning’s event, and especially to the presenters.  Please use the links below to find copies of the three presentations:

Kevin Kliesen:  The Outlook for the U.S. Economy

Michael Pakko:  The Arkansas Economic Outlook

Carlos G. Silva:  Metropolitan Little Rock Report Card



Little Rock Regional Economic Briefing – 2019

Join us at a breakfast event on November 14th to hear from experts who will give updates on economic conditions and the outlook for the region and nation.

The Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Arkansas Economic Development Institute at UA-Little Rock are hosting the event, which includes speakers from both institutions.

  • Kevin Kliesen, St. Louis Fed research officer and business economist, will discuss national conditions.
  • Carlos Silva, Arkansas Economic Development Institute regional economist, will give the Little Rock metro report.
  • Michael Pakko, Arkansas Economic Development Institute chief economist and state economic forecaster, will discuss the Arkansas economic outlook.

The program also will include a welcome from Robert Hopkins, senior vice president and regional executive of the Little Rock Branch, and a Q&A session following the presentations.

The briefing should be of particular interest to business leaders, academics, community development practitioners and others interested in economic conditions.

A hot buffet breakfast will be served. The event is open on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Questions? Contact Julie Kerr at julie.a.kerr@stls.frb.org or 501-324-8296.

Date:  Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
Time:  7:30 – 10 a.m.
William J. Clinton Library and Museum
1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, Ark.  72203 (map it)


Special Reports: Impact of Covid-19 on the Arkansas Economy

Forecast Update (July)
“Incoming data have continued to show a more rapid recovery from the COVID-19 shutdowns than previously expected.”
Read more…

Forecast Update (June)
Information since May has suggested that Arkansas has not been as severely impacted as other parts of the country, and that the sharp declines in national employment have abated.
Read more…

Forecast Update (May)
“The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be more rapid and more severe than initially expected… In this updated report we present new projections for the Arkansas economy.”
Read more…

Forecast Update (April)
“In this note we update that forecast with new estimates of the magnitude of the downturn. We also update and extend our previous guidance on how the forecast is likely to impact sales tax receipts of local governments.”
Read more …

Implications for Local Government Sales Tax Collections
“In this note, we focus on consumer spending and the outlook for sales tax collections by county and municipal governments.” Read more…

Arkansas Economic Outlook (March)
“It appears that a dramatic downturn in economic activity over the remainder of 2020 is unavoidable for the nation and for Arkansas.”  Read more…


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