Metro Area Employment & Unemployment – October 2021

Today’s report on metro area employment showed that the positive developments seen in the state-level report carried over to all of Arkansas’ metro areas.  Unemployment declined and payroll employment expanded. The statewide unemployment rate had...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – October 2021

The state employment report for October included several positive developments.  Unemployment dropped sharply and nonfarm payroll employment showed a healthy gain. The headline news was a drop in the unemployment rate from 4.0% in September to 3.7% in October.  The...

Little Rock Regional Economic Briefing

  Little Rock Regional Economic Briefing – 2021 Thank you to all the attendees and participants at this year’s Regional Economic Briefing.  The links below can be used to access the presentation slides for the National and State economic outlook...

Arkansas Retail Sales – July & August 2021

The most recent information from our Retail Trade and Food Service Sales data show that consumers maintained a summer of soaring spending during July and August.  Compared to a year earlier, the July-August average was up 15.6% in Arkansas.  In the national Retail...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – September 2021

The generally upbeat statistics in the September employment report for Arkansas carried over to today’s summary of job market conditions in the state’s metro areas. Unemployment rates were down in in all eight metro areas covering parts of Arkansas.  The...
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