Tagged: arkansas department of workforce services

Arkansas Unemployment Drops to 5.2 Percent; Construction Strong

by Alexis Hosticka 10/20/2015 11:05 am

Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of percentage point, from 5.4 percent in August to 5.2 percent in September.

ADWS Awards $4M to Community Colleges

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/6/2015 10:01 am

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services has awarded Arkansas Community Colleges more than $4 million as part of its Arkansas Sector Partnership initiative.

New Apprenticeship Program to Focus on Advanced IT Skills

by Alexis Hosticka 9/23/2015 8:57 am

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, in partnership with the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coalition, has launched what it says is the state’s first IT apprenticeship program.

Arkansas Gets $2.3M Grant for Disaster Relief in 28 Counties

by Associated Press 9/22/2015 6:54 am

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Arkansas a grant of up to $2.3 million to create temporary jobs for cleanup and recovery in areas affected by floods and storms earlier this year.

Arkansas Unemployment Mirrors National Trend, Down to 5.4 Percent

by Alexis Hosticka 9/18/2015 9:46 am

A report Friday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, shows Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point, from 5.6 percent in July to 5.4 percent in August.

Arkansas Gets $4M to Fund Apprenticeship Program

by Associated Press 9/17/2015 7:00 am

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $4 million to Arkansas to help expand apprenticeship programs in certain industries.

Arkansas Unemployment Decreases to 5.6 Percent in July

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/21/2015 9:23 am

Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point, from 5.7 percent in June to 5.6 percent in July, according to labor force data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

UA, UALR Forecasters See More Improvement in Arkansas' Economy in 2015

by Mark Friedman 12/22/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas’ leading economists say the state should have an improved economy next year. One of the highlights: the unemployment rate is expected to continue to drop to 5.5 percent by the end of 2015 and then slip to 5.3 percent in 2016.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.8 Percent in November

by Mark Carter 12/19/2014 9:38 am

The unemployment Rate in Arkansas fell to 5.8 percent in November, down from 6.1 percent in October. The 5.8 jobless rate matches the U.S. rate, which remained stable between October and November.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6 Percent in October

by Lance Turner and Lee Hogan 11/21/2014 10:06 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell from September to October, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services.

Mike Nelson Disputes His Firm's Debts to State Workforce Services

by Marty Cook 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The Great Recession was very bad for Mike Nelson. His Jonesboro business, Nelson Design Group, sells home designs to builders and homebuyers, and revenue that reached $4 million in 2006 was down to $1 million by 2008.

Lawmaker Jane English Helps Spur Workforce Training Reform

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

State Sen. Jane English has no use for the private option, the Medicaid expansion providing health insurance to the poor. But the Republican lawmaker from North Little Rock saw an opportunity and took it, and what began as an old-fashioned political horse trade — you get my vote, I get something for my constituents — appears likely to evolve into a governor-backed legislative package that next year will seek to transform workforce training in Arkansas.

Affordable Care Act Amplifies Risk of Misclassifying Employees

by Jan Cottingham 9/2/2013 12:00 am

Health care reform is increasing the importance of the correct classification of employees, employment lawyers and others say. That’s because the “employer mandate” of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees (or their equivalent) to offer those workers health insurance.

Workforce Services Director Artee Williams Talks Employment Trends in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2013 12:00 am

Artee Williams, the director of the Department of Workforce Services, shares his thoughts on the state's unemployment rates, which jobs are filling up too fast and which ones aren't filling up at all.

Arkansas Occupation Forecasts Where The Jobs Will Be for Next Decade

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2013 12:00 am

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services in October issued “Arkansas Long-Term Industry & Occupational Projections,” detailing its forecasts for the long-term job market.

Northwest Arkansas Employers Looking for Skilled Help, Right Workers

by Chris Bahn 4/15/2013 12:00 am

A recent business retention and expansion survey conducted by the Northwest Arkansas Council and local chambers of commerce reveal that 30 percent of the more than 450 employers surveyed — a sample that ranged from mom-and-pop operations to global retailers — plan expansions within the next three years.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.2 Percent in January

by Lance Turner 3/18/2013 9:31 am

The state Department of Workforce Services says Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.1 percent in December to 7.2 percent in January.

Where the Jobs Are: Long-term Looks Good For Hospitality Sector

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/17/2012 12:00 am

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services predicts that the state will add 96,856 jobs in 2010-20, according to its recent report “State of Arkansas: Long-Term Industry & Occupational Projections 2010-2020.”

Food Prep Leads Arkansas' Top 10 Occupations

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/26/2012 12:00 am

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services recently released its 2012 report on the state’s labor market and other economic indicators.

Unemployment Fund Rebounds From Depletion

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/22/2012 12:00 am

Arkansas’ Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, depleted in 2009, had a balance of $144.57 million as of Oct. 12, according to the Department of Workforce Services.