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US Unions Flexed Their Muscles Last Year, but Membership Rates Failed to Grow

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said 10% of hourly and salaried workers were members of unions in 2023, or around 14.4 million people. read more >
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US Accountants’ Wages Average $71K a Year

The annual mean wage of accountants and auditors in Arkansas averaged $70,660 as of May 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationwide, the figure was $86,740. The […] read more >
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Arkansas Truck Driver Wages Below National Average

Arkansas ranked No. 1 in the United States with the highest concentration of jobs in the category. read more >
Restaurants & Food / Tourism

High Job Growth Projected for Leisure & Hospitality Sector

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the leisure and hospitality industry to add 1.9 million jobs from 2021-31. read more >

Architect & Engineer Salaries Average $74,420 in Arkansas

The data is the latest available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. read more >
Hundreds of union-represented hotel workers protest outside of the J.W. Marriott's Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco's Union Square in September 2018
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US Union Membership Rate Hits All-Time Low Despite Campaigns

Automation, outsourcing and lower unionization rates in traditional union strongholds, like auto manufacturing, are among the reasons for the steady decline. But states have also chipped away at unions' power. read more >
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Soaring US Egg Prices Put Pressure on Consumers, Businesses

A lingering bird flu outbreak, combined with soaring feed, fuel and labor costs, has led to U.S. egg prices more than doubling over the past year, and hatched a lot of sticker shock on grocery aisles. read more >
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US Job Openings Fell Slightly in November Yet Still High

In another key metric, the number of people quitting their job rose to 4.2 million, up from about 4 million in October. read more >
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Move On From COVID? Child Care Disruptions Continue

This fall and winter have upended life for working parents of little children, who thought the worst of the pandemic was behind them. read more >
Mark Abernathy, owner and executive chef of Little Rock’s Loca Luna and Red Door restaurants
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‘Flexibility’ Is Job One for Hospitality Employers

The Arkansas hospitality industry, like industries across the United States, has worked hard to recruit and retain workers in the tightest labor market in decades. read more >

Number of US Construction Employees Exceeds Pre-Pandemic High

Employment in the U.S. construction industry reached 7,628,000 in March, slightly exceeding the pre-pandemic total of 7,624,000 reached in February 2020. read more >
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For a Stronger Workforce, Support Gap Years (Jennifer Cobb Commentary)

A gap year sets up individuals — and their future employers — for long-term success. read more >
Albert Baker, now chair of UA Little Rock’s Department of Computer Science, works with UA Little Rock students in 2018, when he was a visiting professor.
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Arkansas Ahead of Curve in Developing Cybersecurity Talent

Educators and others in the state are collaborating to fill the talent gap accompanying the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals. read more >
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Jobless Ratio Stands at 0.6 in Arkansas

The ratio of unemployed people to job openings has been steadily declining this year, falling below 1.0 in July. read more >
Philip Huff, assistant professor of cybersecurity at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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UA Little Rock Building Cybersecurity Pipeline

Thanks to a $750,000 grant awarded earlier this month, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will be one of the first institutions in the country to offer graduate certificates in cybersecurity education to high school teachers. read more >
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The Freelancing Boom May Change How You Buy Life Insurance

As Generation Z and millennial workers challenge the concept of a traditional career, the role of workplace group life insurance is likely to change. read more >
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Inflation Leads to Increasing Menu Prices

Arkansas restaurateurs, already contending with a resurgent pandemic, are also wrestling with the challenge of inflation, which is putting pressure on thin profit margins and has caused some to raise menu prices. read more >
Big River Steel, above, and Nucor in Mississippi County have been producing for a soaring market recently. “Steel is our single largest cost component, and the price is up more than 300% in the last 12 months,” said David Peacock, CEO of Hytrol Conveyor Co. Inc. of Jonesboro.
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Inflation: Costs, Supply Issues Put Squeeze on ManufacturersLock Icon

Raw materials, labor and fuel price increases are forcing producers to both economize and pass on the costs to customers. read more >
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Arkansas Sees Slight Uptick in Lawyers’ Salaries

The annual mean wage for lawyers in Arkansas in May 2020, the latest figures available, was $94,800, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. read more >

Information Security Pay Averages $83,930 in Arkansas

The annual mean wage of information security analysts in Arkansas averaged $83,930 in 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the United States as a whole it was $104,210. read more >