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Black Friday shoppers at a Target store in Raleigh, North Carolina
Restaurants & Food / Retail

Shoppers, Workers Clash Over Post-Pandemic Expectations

There's a disconnect between customers who want to shop and dine like they used to during pre-pandemic times and exhausted employees who no longer want to work those long hours — a push-pull that is only being heightened during the busy holiday shopping season. read more >
The Arena District in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
Media & Marketing / Small Business / Tourism

Shop Talk (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Takeaways from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers’ annual conference, including a word from a Biden administration official on the rising inflation that threatens to derail the pandemic comeback. read more >
Education / Government & Politics

Raising Teacher Pay (Editorial)

In February, the National Education Association released a survey showing that 55% of educators are thinking about leaving the profession earlier than they had planned. It was a big jump from the 37% who expressed the same sentiment just six months earlier. read more >
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Employers Post Record 11.5M Job Openings in March

A record 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in the month. read more >
Skilled hands conduct a quality inspection at Cloyes Gear & Products which is based in Fort Smith and has a 155,000-SF manufacturing plant in Paris (Logan County).
Business Services / Construction / Energy / Manufacturing

December Report: Midwest Economy, Confidence Improve

The overall index for Arkansas expanded to 66.1 from 54.6. read more >
Three container ships at the Port of Los Angeles in May 2021
Government & Politics / Public Companies / Retail / Transportation

Walmart Part of Agreement to Ease Supply Chain Bottlenecks, White House Says

The deal between the company and other retail and shipping giants should help move stranded container ships on the West Coast. read more >
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Arkansas Unemployment Remains at 3.5 Percent

Arkansas' unemployment rate in September remained steady at 3.5 percent. read more >
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Arkansas Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.8 Percent

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained stable at 3.8 percent between May and June, according to a report Friday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. read more >
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Unemployment Falls in Arkansas Metros in 2015

Unemployment in Arkansas’ metropolitan areas has fallen significantly in the last year, notes Michael Pakko, an economist at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. read more >
Construction / Education

Annual Pay for Architects and Engineers Above National Median

The median annual pay for architects in the United States was $74,520 in May 2014, the latest figures available. That compares with $35,540 median annual pay for all occupations. read more >
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Arkansas Unemployment Decreases to 5.6 Percent in July

Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point, from 5.7 percent in June to 5.6 percent in July, according to labor force data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. read more >
Ranking placed in 339 U.S. counties with 75,000 jobs or more. Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
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Report: Benton County Tops in US in Wage Growth

The bureau measured the nation's 339 largest "jobs" counties, and Benton County's 9.9 percent wage growth from December 2013 to December 2014 was the highest in the U.S. read more >
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Professional Degrees Edge Doctoral in Earnings, Unemployment Rates

The education categories in the graphic reflect only the highest level of education attained. They don’t take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates. read more >
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Unemployment Rates Down Across Arkansas Metro Areas

Unemployment rates were considerably lower in all metropolitan areas in Arkansas in November compared to a year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. read more >
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Labor Force Down Across State, Five Metro Areas in July

While the number of unemployed workers and the unemployment rate in Arkansas and its six metropolitan areas was lower in July than a year ago, the labor force was also down in Arkansas and in five metropolitan areas. read more >
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Investments / Transportation

Recession Sees Cutbacks as Americans’ Autos Get Older

Americans reduced their annual spending on vehicles during the Great Recession, while at the same time the age of their vehicles increased, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. read more >
Business Services / Government & Politics

Unemployment Rates Down in 29 States, including Arkansas, in February

Arkansas was one of 29 states to see jobless rates decrease in February from the previous month. But the state's unemployment rate remained above the national average. read more >
Business Services

Jobless Rate Down in Most Arkansas Metros

Arkansas' unemployment rate dropped five-tenths of a percentage point in January compared to numbers from a year ago. read more >
Health Care / Insurance / Investments

Work Status, Employer Size Are Key in Benefits

Providing a snapshot of worker benefits in the United States, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in March 2013, 85 percent of full-time private industry employees had employer-provided medical care. Only 24 percent of part-time workers had medical care benefits available. read more >
Government & Politics

Weekly US Jobless Aid Applications Rise to 372K

More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the winter holidays likely distorted the data for the second straight week. read more >