Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – May 2022

The latest report on metro area employment and unemployment last week showed little change in unemployment rates across the state.  The data for May showed unemployment rates unchanged from April in six of the state’s metropolitan areas, with rates ticking up...

Arkansas Retail Sales – 2022:Q1

The latest data on AEDI’s measure of Arkansas Retail Trade and Food Service Sales indicates that consumer spending remained robust in the first three months of the year. The typical seasonal slowdown in January and February was somewhat sharper than usual, so...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – May 2022

Labor markets in Arkansas continue to display tight conditions with unemployment near historic lows, yet payroll employment growth seems to have stalled in the first half of 2022. The report for May showed the unemployment rate unchanged at 3.2%. The U.S. unemployment...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – April 2022

The April data for metro are employment and unemployment came out this week showing little change in unemployment rates across Arkansas’ regions.  As shown below, unemployment rates have settled into relatively unchanging levels after falling from...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – April 2022

Although the unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a point in April, the employment report for Arkansas was generally positive.  Both the household and payroll surveys showed employment growth, and labor force participation rose for the fourth consecutive month. The...
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