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Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.9 Percent

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.9 Percent

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent in December, down from 4 percent in November and 4.7 percent in December 2015.
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Report: Arkansas Home Sales Up 24 Percent in November

The Arkansas Realtors Association says home sales rose 24 percent in November, driven by a spike in activity in four Arkansas counties.
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Biege Book: Economic Growth Quickened at Year's End

The U.S. economy grew a bit faster at the end of last year, spurred by healthier sales for manufacturers and steady hiring that is slowly pushing up wages.
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Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.9 Percent

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent in December, down from 4 percent in November and 4.7 percent in December 2015. read more >

Report: Arkansas Home Sales Up 24 Percent in November

The Arkansas Realtors Association says home sales rose 24 percent in November, driven by a spike in activity in four Arkansas counties. read more >

Biege Book: Economic Growth Quickened at Year's End

The U.S. economy grew a bit faster at the end of last year, spurred by healthier sales for manufacturers and steady hiring that is slowly pushing up wages. read more >

Indictment May Hasten Demise of Arkansas Pork (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

A former Arkansas lawmaker's admission to arranging kickbacks from government money earmarked for economic development may help hasten the demise of the fund, once considered a hallmark of legislative politics in the state. read more >

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Falls to 4.12 Percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, the second week of declines after snapping a nine-week run of increases. read more >

US Job Openings, Quits Rise, Pointing to Modest Hiring Ahead

U.S. employers posted more jobs in November and quitting also increased — signs that job gains and wages may increase in the months ahead. read more >

Metroplan Report Predicts Growth in Tech Sector

Metroplan releases its 2016 Economic Review and Outlook, noting economic trends for the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area. read more >

Arkansas No. 6 in Nation for Obesity

The adult obesity rate in Arkansas is 34.5 percent, giving the state the sixth-highest rate in the United States. read more >