Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – December 2022

Many economists have been predicting weakening economic conditions as the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates to fight inflation, but the impact on labor markets has not yet materialized.  The data for the final month of the year (released yesterday) revealed stable...

Arkansas GDP – 2022:Q3

The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported today that Arkansas GDP expanded at an annual growth rate of 1.3% in the third quarter.  The BEA report noted that 47 states plus the District of Columbia showed positive growth.  Arkansas’ growth rate ranked 41st among...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – November 2022

Data on labor markets showed deteriorating conditions in November:  Unemployment continued its upward creep, while both household and payroll surveys showed employment contractions. The unemployment rate ticked up from 3.6% to 3.7%, matching the national unemployment...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – October 2022

The Arkansas unemployment rate increased another 0.1 percentage points in October rising from 3.5% to 3.6%.  It had been previously reported that the U.S. unemployment rate rose by 0.2 to 3.7% in October. The increase in Arkansas’ unemployment rate resulted from...

Arkansas Economic Forecast Conference

Thank you to all the attendees of the Arkansas Economic Forecast Conference this morning.  Special thanks to the participants in our panel discussion: Randy Zook, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Bert Greenwalt, Arkansas State University Shannon Newton, Arkansas...
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