Trends & Analysis

Arvest Survey: Arkansans Making Major Household Purchases
Kathy Deck

Arvest Survey: Arkansans Making Major Household Purchases

Arkansas consumers have more student loans but are carefully paying bills and making large purchases, according to the third installment of the spring 2015 Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey. The survey said that 24 percent of Arkansas respondents plan to make a major household purchase in the next six months.
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Number of Women-Owned Arkansas Businesses Rises

The number of women-owned businesses in Arkansas has increased by 73 percent since 1997, according to the fifth annual State of Women-Owned Business Report.
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Middle Class in Arkansas Cities Examined

The Brookings Institute recently examined the size of the middle class in various American cities, classifying households by the quintile of income distribution into which they fell.
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Arkansas Republicans Shift from Marriage Fight (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

In Arkansas, the GOP backlash against same-sex marriage included a governor who accused justices of disregarding Arkansans' beliefs and a conservative activist calling the decision "illegitimate." But it didn't include a call for the state to defy the nation's highest court.
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Growth in US Services Firms Rises in June

U.S. service firms grew at a slightly faster pace in June, as business activity and new orders increased. read more >

Arkansas Supreme Court Punts on Gay Marriage (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

By punting a same-sex marriage case that sat before it for more than seven months, members of the Arkansas Supreme Court left unresolved a serious question about how sacrosanct a voter-approved constitutional amendment really is. read more >

Consumers and Highway Funding (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

Arkansas consumers recognize the importance of smoother and safer roads. Consumers get it. And here's hoping the new Highway Funding Working Group assembled by Gov. Asa Hutchinson gets it, too. read more >

Millennials Rising as Biggest Share of Workforce

The millennial generation earlier this year passed Generation X to become the largest share of the U.S. workforce, the Pew Research Center says. read more >

Update: US Unemployment Falls to 7-Year Low, But Wages Flat

U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. read more >

US Manufacturing Growth Improves in June; Hiring Jumps

U.S. manufacturing growth improved in June, helped by a jump in employment. read more >

June Economic Report Affirms Slow Growth Ahead in Midwest

Data from a June survey echo previous signs that slower economic growth likely lays ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a report released Wednesday. read more >

New Construction Boosts Conway on Business Index

New home construction boosted Conway to near the top of the Arkansas Tech Business Index for April 2015. read more >

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