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Skilled Trades Make a Comeback (Editorial)

As more young people seek to enter the skilled trades, Arkansas schools need to accommodate them. read more >
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School Readiness Is Key to Workforce Success (Leigh Keener Commentary)

We can’t expect workers to thrive on the job if we do not equip them with basic skills early in life. read more >
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When the Old Stories No Longer Fit

Trying on new ideas and “what if?” scenarios can keep a company from falling behind or becoming obsolete. read more >
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Empowering the Delta (Abe Hudson Commentary)

By supporting grassroots efforts, we can narrow the racial wealth gap and foster inclusive growth. read more >
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Working to Improve Child Care in Arkansas (Angela Duran Commentary)

Arkansas businesses have a role to play in ensuring every child reaches its full potential. read more >
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Keeping Good Company (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

This issue is the last regular issue of Arkansas Business with me as editor. Next year, I’ll embark on a new career in strategic communications at Ghidotti of Little Rock. […] read more >
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Help Wanted — Immediately! (Sabrina Starling On Small Business)

Are you struggling to fill positions with qualified candidates? Are you working long hours to meet the demands of your business? Are hiring challenges slowing your growth? If you answered […] read more >
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21st Century Tech Skills (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Shorter College is working hard to help Arkansas employers find workers skilled in technology. read more >
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Rheem Opens $5M Training Center in Fort Smith

The 10,700-SF center includes a specialized hands-on classroom that comes equipped with tools and utility connections, allowing for demonstration installations and diagnostic training. read more >
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Restaurant Wages Up 21%Lock Icon

Arkansas Division of Workforce Services shows wages have grown almost 21% since the pandemic. read more >
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NWA Leaders Seek to Boost Local Workforce

Several nonprofits and schools are working to recruit and train local students with the hopes of helping them build a career. read more >
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A Robust Future for Arkansas and Higher Ed’s Role (Michael D. Williams Commentary)

As the knowledge economy grows, so will the income disparity between high school and college grads. read more >
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Not a Good Look for Arkansas (Editorial)

Eliminating a work permit requirement for Arkansas children under 16 is “a solution looking for a problem.” read more >

Jaded With Education, More Americans are Skipping College

In Arkansas, the number of new high school graduates going to college fell from 49% to 42% during the pandemic. read more >
Rep. Rebecca Burkes, R-Lowell, and Sen. Clint Penzo, R-Springdale, the sponsors of House Bill 1410.
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Child Labor Bill Heads to Governor; Opponents Say it Risks Kids’ Safety, Education

The bill, inspired by research from a conservative think tank in Florida, would eliminate a work permit requirement for Arkansas kids under the age of 16. read more >
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Health Care Vaccine Mandate Remains as Some Push for an End

One year after it began being enforced nationwide on Feb. 20, 2022, the vaccination requirement affecting an estimated 10 million health care workers is the last remaining major mandate from President Joe Biden's sweeping attempt to boost national vaccination rates. read more >
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Hiring Firm Central Standard Talent Opens US Headquarters in Bentonville

The company said its location at The Ledger, the new bike-friendly building downtown, will complement its existing headquarters in Guadalajara, Mexico. read more >
Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signs seven executive orders on Jan. 10, 2023
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Governor Names Tyson Exec Mike Rogers as Chief Workforce Officer

Rogers is Tyson's senior director of maintenance and refrigeration and a longtime educator. 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 >
Alison Williams, standing behind a podium at the Arkansas State Capitol, speaks about the release of the 2022 Arkansas Women's Commission report on women in the labor market and economy.
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Women’s Commission Returns With Workforce Recommendations

The report focused largely on women’s labor force participation and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the family and caregiving. read more >