Trends & Analysis

Canal Growth Could Tighten Traffic on Arkansas Interstates (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

Canal Growth Could Tighten Traffic on Arkansas Interstates (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

June was a big month for commercial transportation and its benefits to consumers. On June 29, the Interstate Highway System turned 60. And on June 26, the expansion of the Panama Canal was completed, more than doubling the ship-board container capacity of the canal, which was built in 1914.
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US Construction Spending Fell Again in August

U.S. builders trimmed spending on construction projects in August for a second straight month with housing, non-residential and government activity all seeing declines.
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Survey Suggests Economy Will Remain Weak in Midwest, Plains

A monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy will continue slowing in nine Midwest and Plains states because of weakness in agriculture and energy businesses.
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In Little Rock, Chase Economist Finds Economic Recovery Going Well

"We're not in crisis; we're getting back on our feet," economist Jim Glassman told business professionals Wednesday at an economic outlook luncheon. read more >

US Homebuilders' Confidence Eases Slightly

U.S. homebuilders' confidence eased this month after surging to the highest level in nearly a year in September. read more >

Trump Questions to Linger for Arkansas Republicans (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Democrats signal that they will keep reminding voters of Republicans' refusal to disavow Donald Trump long after Nov. 8. read more >

Central Arkansas Multifamily Construction Sees Growth

Multifamily housing construction in central Arkansas in 2015 reached its highest point since 2012, with 1,236 units. That's according to Metroplan, the federally designated planning agency for Pulaski, Faulkner, Saline and Lonoke counties. read more >

I Don't Want to Scare You, But… (John Hendon Commentary)

There is significant circumstantial evidence that union organizing efforts in companies of all sizes are likely to rise at an alarming rate in the next year or two. read more >

Eldridge Faces High Hurdle in Only Senate Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Trailing behind John Boozman in fundraising and name recognition, Conner Eldridge needs a high-profile flub or misstep from the incumbent Republican to change the dynamics of the race. read more >

Employers Add 156K; US Jobless Rate Ticks Up to 5 Percent

U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in September, a decent gain that reflects a healthy economy but also a sign that hiring has slowed from its robust pace last year. read more >

US Claims for Jobless Aid Drop to Lowest Since Mid-April

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits last week felt to the lowest level since mid-April, another sign that workers are enjoying job security despite sluggish economic growth. read more >