Trends & Analysis

State Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.7 Percent in June

State Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.7 Percent in June

Economist Michael Pakko says June snapped a three-month streak of growth among the number unemployed Arkansans.
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Overtime Rule Big Change for Business (Missy Duke Commentary)

On June 30, the U.S. Department of Labor released a proposed rule that would increase the minimum salary for employees exempt under the “white-collar” exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act to $970 per week, the equivalent of $50,440 annually, which represents the 40th percentile of earnings for all full-time salaried workers throughout the United States.
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State Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.7 Percent in June

Economist Michael Pakko says June snapped a three-month streak of growth among the number unemployed Arkansans. read more >

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