Trends & Analysis

10 Election Takeaways (Steve Harrelson Commentary)
Steve Harrelson

10 Election Takeaways (Steve Harrelson Commentary)

Ten election takeaways from a guy who did not appear on the ballot for the first time in 10 years.
read more >

The Arkansas Sales Call (Jim Karrh on Marketing)

Several years ago, when I led marketing for an Arkansas brand and was working to expand its distribution into Japan, I learned that most potential buyers overseas had a rather limited perception of our state.
read more >

US Employers Add 214K Jobs; Rate Falls to 5.8 Percent

Three days after voters registered their sourness about the U.S. economy, the government said Friday that employers added a solid 214,000 jobs in October, extending the healthiest pace of hiring in eight years.
read more >

Arkansas' October Revenue Above Last Year, Forecast

Arkansas gross general revenue in October was $478.6 million, up 4.5 percent from last year and 2.2 percent above forecast, according to a report Tuesday by the state Department of Finance & Administration.
read more >

More News

US Economy Grew at 3.9 Percent Rate in 3Q

The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September period, even faster than first reported, giving the country its strongest six months of growth in more than a decade. read more >

Evaluating New Minimum Wage's Effects (Michael Pakko Commentary)

With the passage of ballot initiative No. 4, the minimum wage in Arkansas will increase in three steps to $8.50 per hour in 2017, $1.25 above the current federal minimum, making Arkansas one of many states to increase the minimum wage above the federally mandated level. A question I frequently hear is “How will this affect the Arkansas economy, good and bad?” read more >

Holiday Shopping By the Numbers

Even before the table is cleared and the dishes are washed, a good number of Americans will be abandoning the Thanksgiving feast for the shopping centers and big box retailers. The National Retail Federation's annual Holiday Consumer Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, reports that the mood of consumers is a bit brighter this year, if spending plans are an indicator. read more >

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6 Percent in October

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell from September to October, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services. read more >

Arvest Consumer Survey: Arkansans' Opinion of Economy Improving

Arkansas consumer sentiment is up slightly in Arvest Bank's most recent survey, but it's still lower than surrounding states and considerably lower than the national outlook on the economy. read more >

‘How' Is More Important Than ‘What' (Nick Brown Commentary)

Southwest Power Pool Inc. was recently honored by receiving Arkansas Business' Benchmark Award as Arkansas' best place to work. The recognition provides further verification of the importance of culture in business. However, culture is also something I lost sight of several years ago. read more >

A Look at Two Sides of the 'Net Neutrality' Debate

Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago. read more >

10 Election Takeaways (Steve Harrelson Commentary)

Ten election takeaways from a guy who did not appear on the ballot for the first time in 10 years. read more >