Trends & Analysis

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.4 Percent

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.4 Percent

Arkansas unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point from April, coming in at 6.4 percent in May, according to a report Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.
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What To Do About Jobs? (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

With the economy as an important consideration for voters this November, plans by Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson to create jobs in Arkansas will be key at the ballot box.
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A Bold Stance On A Stormy Issue (Robert Coon On Politics)

Democrats have been making hay over Tom Cotton's votes against federal disaster relief aid. On the surface, it seems like an open-and-shut case. But the facts shine a different light on Democrats' claims.
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Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.4 Percent

Arkansas unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point from April, coming in at 6.4 percent in May, according to a report Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services. read more >