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Arkansas Population Grows 3.3%

Arkansas Population Grows 3.3%

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The population of Arkansas grew 3.3% between 2010 and 2020, to 3,013,756 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. read more >

The U.S. Economy… and Changing Occupations

The U.S. Economy… and Changing Occupations

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The COVID-19 pandemic drove down employment and pushed the U.S. economy into recession a year ago, and now many unemployed Americans are considering changing occupations, according to the Pew Research Center. read more >

Video: Nelson, Scarborough, Hunt Honored at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

Video: Nelson, Scarborough, Hunt Honored at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

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Heather Nelson of Seal Solar of North Little Rock and Fred Scarborough of the Arkansas Children’s Foundation in Little Rock won Executive of the Year awards, and billionaire philanthropist Johnelle Hunt of Lowell was honored for her lifetime of leadership last week at the 33rd annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. read more >

Arkansas Unemployment: Metro vs. Rural Areas

Arkansas Unemployment: Metro vs. Rural Areas

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The unemployment rate in Arkansas moved up slightly in August, to 7.4%, as it did in six of the state’s eight metro areas. Only Fort Smith and Texarkana posted declines between July and August. read more >

Central Arkansas Population Stands at 750,000

Central Arkansas Population Stands at 750,000

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The Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area now has a population of about 750,000, according to a report by Metroplan, the planning agency for Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski and Saline counties. read more >

Schwyhart Meltdown Followed Hunt’s Exit

Schwyhart Meltdown Followed Hunt’s Exit

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Thirteen years ago, word began leaking out that one of the most dynamic commercial development partnerships in fast-growing northwest Arkansas was breaking up. read more >

U.S. Gross Domestic Product Plunges 32.9% in Q2

U.S. Gross Domestic Product Plunges 32.9% in Q2

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Gross domestic product in the United States plunged at an annual rate of 32.9% in the second quarter of 2020, a record. The drop was 9.5% compared with the first quarter. read more >

Fervor Burns On for $3.5B Gas-to-Liquid Plant

Fervor Burns On for $3.5B Gas-to-Liquid Plant

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Roger Williams’ eight-year path to his dream — a $3.5 billion plant to make ultra-clean diesel near the banks of the Arkansas River — is intersecting with a quite literal road, perhaps the state’s sturdiest. read more >

Retail Sales Up 17.7% in May

Retail Sales Up 17.7% in May

Retail sales in the United States rose a record 17.7% in May, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, reflecting a surge in buying as businesses that had been shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic reopened. read more >

Arkansas Unemployment Fund Stable, but Worrisome

Arkansas Unemployment Fund Stable, but Worrisome

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The state’s unemployment fund was in the best of shape before the pandemic and is still healthy, but politicians and community leaders are worried it will be depleted by early 2021 if the economy does not bounce back as expected. read more >