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Arkansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.6 Percent

Arkansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.6 Percent

The state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.6 percent in March, reflecting a revised rate for February. According to DWS, the state's civilian labor force rose by 4,900 from January to February, a result of 5,800 more employed and 900 fewer unemployed Arkansans.
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UCA Picks Eric Rob & Isaac for Advertising Services

The university selected Eric Rob & Isaac after reopening the contract for bids last month. The decision comes about a month after UCA reopened its contract with CJRW of Little Rock, which held the account since 2009, and requested bids from other agencies.
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Widespread Growth Seen in Northwest Arkansas

When Sam Walton opened in 1950 the dime store in Bentonville, to say the area was sparsely populated would be an understatement. Today, these environs have grown so much that they comprise their own metropolitan statistical area.
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nGage Labs Cuts 15 Jobs in Little Rock, But Still Open for Business

nGage Labs laid off 15 workers last month, but its office in Little Rock remains open, a company spokesman says. read more >

Arkansas State, Harding Teams Take Top Awards at DWR Governor's Cup

Teams from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and Harding University in Searcy took top honors at the 2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business-plan competition awards. read more >

Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

In general, 2014 was a year of increase among the biggest general contractors in Arkansas. Eighteen out of 32 firms that reported updated revenue figures for the largest commercial contractors list recorded year-over-year gains. read more >

For Fairness (Editorial)

We support the proposal before the Little Rock Board of Directors that would forbid discrimination against city workers, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. read more >

Safety Directors Keep Eye On Construction Sites

Contractors, builders and construction executives say accident prevention keeps costs and accidents down at work sites. Having a safety director on a job site could help prevent worker injuries, said Richard Hedgecock, the executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors Arkansas, the state's largest commercial construction trade association. read more >

Arkansas Personal Income Rises 3.1 Percent in 2014

Average state personal income in the United States grew by 3.9 percent in 2014 from 2 percent in 2013, according to estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income in Arkansas rose 3.1 percent in 2014 compared with 2013, from $108.6 million to $112 million, a gain that ranked it 36th in the nation, the report said. read more >

Matt Crafton of Crafton Tull on Why Construction Clients Shouldn't 'Coast' Along

Matt Crafton, 47, is the CEO of Crafton Tull, the civil engineering and landscape architecture firm that his father, Bob, co-founded with Lem Tull in 1963. Crafton Tull is the state's fifth-largest engineering firm, with offices in Arkansas and Oklahoma. read more >

Patent Primer: A Visit with Jeff Stinson of UALR TechLaunch

Jeff Stinson leads the technology commercialization efforts at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as director of UALR TechLaunch. He's also executive director of Fund for Arkansas' Future, the state's first private angel fund. Stinson believes startups born of university research can bolster the state's growing tech startup ecosystem. Many Innovate Arkansas client firms are university startups that hatched a patentable idea and commercialized it. read more >

Skyline Report: Commercial Permits Up; Multi-family Vacancy Rates Drop in NWA

Arvest Bank on Thursday released its Skyline Reports on commercial and multi-family real estate in northwest Arkansas for the last six months of 2014. read more >

HP Enterprise Gets $190M DHS Contract for Medicaid Management

HP Enterprise Services signs a $190 million contract with the state Department of Human Services to manage Medicaid in Arkansas through a new IT system. read more >

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