Unemployment Insurance Claims – Update

The latest weekly data on unemployment insurance claims shows a significant decline in Arkansas jobless claims over the past three weeks.   During the week ending August 22, the preliminary estimate for new claims in Arkansas was 5,225, down from a weekly average of...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – July 2020

Arkansas labor market continued to recover in July from the pandemic-related job-losses of March and April; however, the pace of the rebound slowed.  Arkansas’ unemployment rate declined by one full percentage point from 8.1% (revised) in June to 7.1% in July. ...

Arkansas Consumer Spending During the Pandemic

Evidence continues to accumulate showing that Arkansas’ economy has not been as hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as other parts of the nation.  Most of the information to-date has been related to employment.  It is clear that declines in payroll employment and...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – June 2020

The June employment report for metropolitan areas showed a continuing rebound from the job losses of March and April.  The table below showed revisions to the nonfarm payroll employment data for May, along with the new numbers for June.  The May revisions showed...
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