Trends & Analysis

Summer of Genocide (Blake Rutherford on Politics)
Blake Rutherford

Summer of Genocide (Blake Rutherford on Politics)

As conflict escalates in Iraq, President Obama is faced with the difficult and unpopular decision to intervene. What does it mean for the future of Iraq and the fate of the Middle East?
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A Program Worth Bridging The Ideological Divide (Robert Coon On Politics)

The growing rift between mainstream, establishment Republicans and their more conservative, Tea Party colleagues threatens to engulf every major policy issue coming down the pike in Congress.
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US Retail Sales Flat in July

U.S. retail sales were essentially flat in July, providing evidence that consumers have yet to shed their doubts about the economy despite recent job gains.
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Little Rock Metro's Housing Permits Down in 2013

Numbers were down across the board in the housing market in central Arkansas last year. The total number of housing permits, 2,094 — including single-family and multi-family — was lower than numbers from the Great Recession and the lowest since 1992.
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Arkansas Unemployment Rate at 6.2 Percent in July

Arkansas' unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in July, down one-tenth of a percentage point from June, according to a report released Monday by the state Department of Workforce Services. read more >

Disruptive Innovation vs. the Hedgehog (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

As a leader you have a plan for your organization. Your vision is clear and your plan well developed. The last thing you want is distraction. read more >

When Discipline Is Required (Robert F. Wayland Expert Advice)

Understanding the arbitrator's viewpoint on disciplinary actions can provide employers guidance even before corrective action becomes necessary. read more >

Central Arkansas Industrial Vacancy Rate Stable

The vacancy rate for industrial real estate in central Arkansas remained relatively stable through the second quarter of 2014, ticking up just slightly to 10.8 percent compared with 10.6 percent in first-quarter 2014. That's above the national average of 9 percent but far below central Arkansas' 12.2 percent vacancy rate of second-quarter 2013. read more >

Next Arkansas Governor Inherits Long-Time Delta Woes (AP Analysis)

The head of the Delta Regional Authority said a mouthful when he told a jobs conference last week that Arkansas' next governor would face a unique set of challenges after taking office in 2015. Unique? Yes. New? No. read more >

US Jobless Aid Applications Rise to 311,000

More people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, although jobless claims continue to be close to pre-recession levels. read more >

Summer of Genocide (Blake Rutherford on Politics)

As conflict escalates in Iraq, President Obama is faced with the difficult and unpopular decision to intervene. What does it mean for the future of Iraq and the fate of the Middle East? read more >

US Retail Sales Flat in July

U.S. retail sales were essentially flat in July, providing evidence that consumers have yet to shed their doubts about the economy despite recent job gains. read more >