Metro Area Employment & Unemployment – March 2021

New statistics for metro area employment and unemployment were released this morning.  The data show that recovery from the pandemic-related unemployment spike of April 2020 continues across the state. Revisions to the household survey data, from which unemployment...

Arkansas Retail Sales – January 2021

Despite a sharp drop-off in automobile purchases, Arkansas Retail Sales increased sharply in January (seasonally adjusted).  Total Retail and Food Service Sales increased 6.1% from December.  Compared to a year earlier, sales were up 11.2%.  National Retail Sales...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – March 2021

The latest data on state employment and unemployment shows that Arkansas economy is continuing to recover from the downturn of 2020.  Employment statistics showed gains in March and the number unemployed continued to decline. The unemployment rate dropped another...

Arkansas Home Sales

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic we haven’t been tracking home sales on a regular basis, but housing markets have been following a roller-coaster ride along with every other sector of the economy.  Housing Market Reports from the Arkansas Realtors®...

Arkansas Consumer Spending in 2020

One of the most significant and unexpected features of the Arkansas economy during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the robust behavior of consumer spending.  Despite sharp increases in unemployment and losses in earnings, Arkansas consumers maintained and even exceeded...
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