Manufacturing

State Unemployment Unchanged at 3.6 Percent

State Unemployment Unchanged at 3.6 Percent

Arkansas' unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in December and unchanged from the previous month, according to a report released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.
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Permit Spike Reflects Jonesboro's Growth Heading Into 2019

Propelled by a handful of large commercial projects, the number of building permits in the city nearly doubled in 2018, with the total value of residential and commercial permits coming in near $288 million.
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Report: Job Growth, Telecom Sector Shakeup Encouraging

Central Arkansas is experiencing an intense demand for workers, while its low unemployment rate — just 3 percent in September — remains a bright spot in a slow-growing regional economy, according to a Metroplan report.
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