Trends & Analysis

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Through the Years

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Through the Years

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which researches a number of economic issues, is the source for the accompanying chart, which tracks Arkansas' unemployment rate from Jan. 1, 1976, through Dec. 1, 2016, when it stood at 3.9 percent.
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Options Slim After Defeat of Arkansas Highway Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

The defeat of an effort to put a highway initiative on the Arkansas ballot next year leaves highway advocates few options for finding new ways to close a growing funding gap.
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Asa Hutchinson's Medicaid Plans Uncertain (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plans to move 60,000 people off Arkansas Works and require many of them to work may face a future as uncertain as that of the federal health care law that enabled the expanded coverage.
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Hiring Rises in 11 US States Last Month, Gains Widely Spread

Hiring picked up in 11 states last month compared with January and was mostly unchanged in the other 39, as stronger U.S. job gains benefited most of the country. Still, pockets of weakness remained. read more >

Arkansas Unemployment Drops to Record 3.7 Percent in February

Arkansas' unemployment rate continued to fall in February to the lowest on record, 3.7 percent. The rate was 3.8 percent in January and 4.1 percent in February 2016. read more >

Applications for US Jobless Aid Rise to Still-Low 258K

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market. read more >

US New Home Sales Rise Despite Higher Mortgage Rates

Americans responded to higher mortgage rates by snapping up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July. read more >

US Home Sales Slowed in February After January Surge

Americans retreated from buying existing homes in February, a pullback after sales in January had surged to the fastest pace in a decade. But over the past 12 months, sales are up solidly. read more >

Options Slim After Defeat of Arkansas Highway Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

The defeat of an effort to put a highway initiative on the Arkansas ballot next year leaves highway advocates few options for finding new ways to close a growing funding gap. read more >

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Through the Years

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which researches a number of economic issues, is the source for the accompanying chart, which tracks Arkansas' unemployment rate from Jan. 1, 1976, through Dec. 1, 2016, when it stood at 3.9 percent. read more >

US Employers Posted More Jobs in January and Quitting Jumped

Employers posted more open positions in January and the number of Americans quitting jumped, evidence that the job market is steadily improving. read more >

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