Tagged: Center For Business & Economic Research

Can Malls Shake Off the Cobwebs?

Can Malls Shake Off the Cobwebs?

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A Jonesboro real estate broker is among those who sees a potential for malls transforming after the pandemic, with a silver lining possibly being local stores taking over chain space. read more >

Jebaraj Gives Passing Grade to CARES Act

Jebaraj Gives Passing Grade to CARES Act

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Mervin Jebaraj works at the University of Arkansas’ Walton College of Business so it is apropos that he has a grade for the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. read more >

Pandemic Collateral Damage? Small Firms

Pandemic Collateral Damage? Small Firms

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The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered a wallop to the country’s economy, but experts interviewed by Arkansas Business don’t expect too much lasting damage. There is a caveat, of course. read more >

Plains & Eastern Clean Line Appears Doomed In Arkansas

Plains & Eastern Clean Line Appears Doomed In Arkansas

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After putting nearly nine years and more than $100 million of investors’ money into a $2.5 billion power transmission project across Oklahoma and Arkansas, the electric dream of Michael Skelly has shorted out. read more >

No Surprise: Higher Pay Helps Attract, Retain Employees

No Surprise: Higher Pay Helps Attract, Retain Employees

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All industries, from health care to manufacturing, have faced a shortage of workers. Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, says increasing pay would be the first action she would suggest when companies can’t find the right workers to fill positions. read more >

Newcomers to Northwest Arkansas Refilling Labor Pool

Newcomers to Northwest Arkansas Refilling Labor Pool

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The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services released a report in July that showed Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in June 2016. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported unadjusted unemployment rates of 3.1 percent for northwest Arkansas and 4.2 percent for Arkansas. read more >

Leslie Rutledge Engages EPA in Legal Battles

Leslie Rutledge Engages EPA in Legal Battles

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State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced last week that Arkansas would join a multistate lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule on ozone, the sixth legal battle she has entered with the federal agency since taking office in January. read more >

UA, UALR Forecasters See More Improvement in Arkansas' Economy in 2015

UA, UALR Forecasters See More Improvement in Arkansas' Economy in 2015

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Arkansas’ leading economists say the state should have an improved economy next year. One of the highlights: the unemployment rate is expected to continue to drop to 5.5 percent by the end of 2015 and then slip to 5.3 percent in 2016. read more >