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How Do I Know If I Can Afford to Hire? (Sabrina Starling On Small Business)

It may be time to free up top performers by shifting lower-value activities to new team members. read more >
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Inflation Eased Slightly Last Month as Gas Prices Fell, Though Some Costs Kept Surging

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. inflation ticked down again last month, with cheaper gas helping further lighten the weight of consumer price increases in the United States. At the same time, […] read more >
Construction

Architect & Engineer Salaries Average $74,420 in Arkansas

The data is the latest available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. read more >
A sign advertising open positions at a Ross Dress for Less location
Business Services / Small Business

US Wage Growth Slowed in the Final Quarter of 2022

On an annual basis, wages and benefits grew 5.1% in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier. read more >
J.B. Hunt CEO John Roberts III, left, and President Shelley Simpson
Business Services / Public Companies / Transportation

J.B. Hunt Announces 2023 Executive Raises

The raises for CEO John Roberts III, President Shelley Simpson and others come after profit increased 27% in 2022. read more >
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Public Companies / Retail

Walmart to Raise Hourly Pay for US Workers

The retail giant said the raises will bring its average hourly wage to more than $17.50, up from around $17 per hour. read more >
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the U.S. Committee on Financial Services on Sept. 30, 2021 about the pandemic response by the central bank and Treasury Department. 
Energy / Real Estate / Retail / Tourism

Can US Avoid a Recession? As Inflation Eases, Optimism Rises

One reason for the tentative optimism is evidence that an acceleration in U.S. wages, which has benefited workers but also heightened inflation, is slowing. read more >
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Banking & Finance / Business Services / Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Retail

Cooler Hiring and Milder Pay Gains Could Aid Inflation Fight

America's employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in December, but last month's gain was the smallest in two years. read more >
A worker installs an airbag on the assembly line at GM's Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup truck plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana
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A Diminished US Workforce Could Lead Fed to Keep Rates High

The leading cause of the worker shortfall, according to research by the Fed, is a surge in retirements. read more >
Legal / Public Companies / Transportation

PAM Settles Another Class-Action Wage Lawsuit for $4.75M

The suit alleges that PAM failed to compensate drivers for the entirety of multi-day hauls, similar to a case it settled in 2020. read more >
Business Services / Tourism

Checking In on Hospitality (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

While the U.S. economy added an eye-popping half-million jobs in July, the leisure and hospitality sector is still playing catch-up. read more >
A sign advertising open positions at a Walmart in Olney, Illinois
Public Companies / Retail

Walmart, Wages and the Changing Labor MarketLock Icon

The Bentonville retailer is devoted to paying more to get good employees these days, and it will most likely have to keep up the effort. read more >
Doug McMillon, CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., is atop this week’s list of the highest-paid public company executives. | (Photo by Ryan Miller)
Public Companies

At Annual Meeting, Walmart CEO Addresses Inflation, Employee Pay

Doug McMillon said the retail giant will probably continue to increase wages "if that is where the market moves." read more >
A sign adverstising open positions at a North Carolina grocery chain
Business Services / Government & Politics / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Small Business

US Adds Modest 199,000 Jobs as Unemployment Sinks to 3.9%

Wages also rose sharply, a sign that companies are competing fiercely to fill their open jobs. 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 >
Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Small Business

US Businesses Advertised Near-Record Open Jobs in October

With so many companies chasing relatively few unemployed people, job-seekers have the most bargaining power they have had in at least two decades. read more >
A sign advertising open positions at a McAlister's Deli location in October 2021 
Government & Politics / Restaurants & Food / Retail

US Wages Jump by the Most in Records Dating Back 20 Years

The value of benefits also increased. read more >