Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – June 2022

The latest report on metro area employment and unemployment was just about as un-newsworthy as the state-level report that came out two weeks ago.  Unemployment rates were little changed from May to June, with up-ticks of one-tenth percent in Fayetteville, Fort Smith,...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – June 2022

Arkansas labor market conditions were little-changed in June.  The unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.2%, paralleling the national unemployment rate, which was unchanged at 3.6%. The number of unemployed workers crept slightly higher again in June, rising by 688...

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...
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