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Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

The index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity in Arkansas cities. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.
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US Service Firms Grew at Slightly Slower Pace Last Month

U.S. service firms expanded at a slightly slower yet still healthy pace in March, an encouraging sign after multiple reports last week pointed to a slowing economy.
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Pace of U.S. Hiring Weakens with Just 126k Jobs Added in March

The weakening U.S. economy spilled into the job market in March as employers added only 126,000 jobs, snapping a streak of 12 consecutive months of job gains above 200,000.
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US New-Home Sales Surge in February

Sales of new U.S. homes in February climbed to their fastest pace in seven years, as an otherwise dormant housing market showed fresh signs of life.
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Anti-Discrimination Limits Face Uncertain Future (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

A Little Rock ordinance prohibiting the city and its vendors from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity provides other cities interested in expanding anti-discrimination protections a new argument to do so. read more >

Memories, Marketing and Money (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

There is new and timely research on consumers and nostalgia, offering not only confirmation that nostalgia is an effective marketing and fundraising tool but also insights into why. read more >

How America's Middle Class Has Shrunk Since 2000

The struggles of middle-class American families and growing income inequality have risen to the top of the national agenda. read more >

US Home Sales Roared Back to Life in March

U.S. homebuyers flooded back into the real estate market in March, pushing up sales and prices at the start of the spring buying season. read more >

Arkansas Hospital Execs' Pay Below Regional Average

A study recently released to the Arkansas Hospital Association shows that compensation for health care executives in Arkansas is almost 10 percent below averages in the region. 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 >

A Mad, Mad, Mid-Mod World (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

“Mad Men” has, however, introduced a whole new generation to the good and the bad of the 1960s. I don't think many young women are interested in going back to the typing-pool days, and I hope “Mad Men” hasn't inspired a new love affair with cigarettes and bourbon-buzzed workplaces. But the “midcentury modern” look in clothing and furniture and home decor is back with a vengeance. read more >

Arkansas' Impending Shortfall (Erick Elder Commentary)

The Arkansas state public pension system has six different plans, the largest two of which represent 90 percent of the active members and more than 85 percent of total pension funds. There are more than 65,000 retired members associated with these two pensions, namely, the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System and the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System. read more >

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