Tagged: Michael Pakko

Beyond COVID-19: Industries and Leaders Look to Future

Beyond COVID-19: Industries and Leaders Look to Future

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Arkansas Business asked industry leaders to share their expectations for 2021, both before and after the coronavirus vaccine is widely available. Here’s what they said. read more >

Smooth Move, Dude (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Smooth Move, Dude (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

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It’s a perfect story: Hardworking young man full of energy and ideas finds unlikely success, only to be knocked down by the establishment that feels threatened by a new generation of talent. Maybe a little too perfect. 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 >

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 >

Preston: Arkansas Ready to Serve Employers, Workers

Preston: Arkansas Ready to Serve Employers, Workers

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Arkansas Commerce Secretary Mike Preston says the COVID-19 pandemic is an “unprecedented” challenge to the state’s economy, but the state is in a good position to cushion the blow to businesses and employees. read more >

Unemployment Rates Trend Lower in Arkansas

Unemployment Rates Trend Lower in Arkansas

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The unemployment rates in most of Arkansas’ metro areas continued to move downward or stay stable in June, with Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Little Rock and Texarkana seeing declines. read more >

Arkansas GDP Grows 2.5% in Q1

Arkansas GDP Grows 2.5% in Q1

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Arkansas’ gross domestic product expanded by 2.5% during the first quarter of 2019, the highest quarterly growth rate for the state since the fourth quarter of 2016, Michael Pakko noted recently on his Arkansas Economist blog. read more >