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Arkansas Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.9 Percent

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.9 Percent

Arkansas' August unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.9 percent, according to the state Department of Workforce Services.
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US Home Construction Slumped in August; Big Dip in the South

Southern homebuilders pulled back on construction in August, causing the pace of housing starts nationwide to fall to their lowest level in three months.
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US Retail Sales Slump 0.3 Percent, Ending 4 Months of Gains

U.S. shoppers retreated in August, cutting back their spending at auto dealers, furnishers and building material stores to depress overall retail sales after four straight monthly gains.
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Arkansas Ballot Cases Test of New Canvasser Rules (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Three challenges before the state's highest court will be the first major test of new restrictions paid canvassers, and may open the door for new ways to challenge future proposals. read more >

New Training Trends Engage Employees (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

An increasing number of organizations have dramatically changed their approach to training, making it far less about dispensing information and far more about engagement and skill development. read more >

Skyline Report: New Construction, Occupancy Strong in Northwest Arkansas

The vacancy rate on commercial property in northwest Arkansas is 12.7 percent, up from 12.4 percent in the second half of 2015, according to the Arvest Bank's Skyline Reports for the first six months of 2016. read more >

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.9 Percent

Arkansas' August unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.9 percent, according to the state Department of Workforce Services. read more >

US Home Construction Slumped in August; Big Dip in the South

Southern homebuilders pulled back on construction in August, causing the pace of housing starts nationwide to fall to their lowest level in three months. read more >

Ten Commandments Puts Focus on Monument Process (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

The fight over proposals to honor the Ten Commandments and Satan near Arkansas' Capitol is putting the focus on a monument-approval process that has drawn little attention or controversy in recent years. read more >

Suicide Is Preventable (Steven Blackwood Commentary)

Shortly after my wife, Cindi, and I lost our son to undiagnosed depression almost eight years ago, I learned that suicide was the No. 1 cause of death for white male college students in the Southern states. read more >

US Retail Sales Slump 0.3 Percent, Ending 4 Months of Gains

U.S. shoppers retreated in August, cutting back their spending at auto dealers, furnishers and building material stores to depress overall retail sales after four straight monthly gains. read more >

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