Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – May 2021

Although Arkansas labor markets have recovered considerably over the past several months, progress toward the return to full-employment has clearly slowed.  For the third consecutive month, the Arkansas unemployment rate registered 4.4%.  The number of unemployed...

Metro Area Employment & Unemployment – April 2021

In a month where the statewide unemployment rate and payroll employment totals were essentially unchanged, labor market indicators for Arkansas’ metropolitan areas were mixed in April. From March to April, unemployment rates declined slightly in Northwest...

Arkansas Retail Sales – February 2021

When the national retail sales statistics for February were released, a downturn in consumer spending was attributed to a wave of heavy snow and bitterly cold weather across the country.  Arkansas being near the heart of that storm, it is not surprising that Arkansas...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – April 2021

Labor markets in Arkansas generally continued to improve in April, but at a much slower pace than in the early months of the recovery.  First, the state’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.4%, still significantly lower than the national unemployment rate of...

Metro Area Employment & Unemployment – March 2021

New statistics for metro area employment and unemployment were released this morning.  The data show that recovery from the pandemic-related unemployment spike of April 2020 continues across the state. Revisions to the household survey data, from which unemployment...
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