Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – July 2021

The statewide employment data released two weeks ago showed an ongoing slow pace of recovery in Arkansas labor markets.  The unemployment rate, for example, ticked down by less than one-tenth of a percentage point (seasonally adjusted). Newly published data for...

Arkansas Retail Sales – May 2021

Arkansas Retail Sales declined slightly for a second month in May, but remained well above levels of a year ago or before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Total Retail and Food Services Sales were down 3%, following a 3.4% decline in April.  The two monthly...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – July 2021

Arkansas labor markets continued their snails’-pace recovery in July. The official unemployment rate declined by one-tenth of a percent, to 4.3%, but that change was essentially within the range of rounding error. From March through July, Arkansas’...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – June 2021

The statewide employment data for June showed little change in Arkansas labor market conditions, and the newly-released data for metropolitan areas consistent with that conclusion.  On a not-seasonally adjusted basis, unemployment rates in Arkansas metro areas rose by...

Arkansas Retail Sales – March & April 2021

After a brief weather-related contraction in February, consumer spending surged in March and remained elevated in April.  Data for Arkansas Retail Sales shows that spending patterns in our state are matching the national data, with even larger increases relative to...
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