Tagged: Michael Pakko

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 >

And Now: Good News (Editorial)

And Now: Good News (Editorial)

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We have suggested to Michael Pakko, the state economic forecaster, that the volume of Movers & Shakers landing in our queue be considered an economic indicator. By that indication, Arkansas’ economy is humming. read more >

Arkansas Personal Income Soars 7.5%

Arkansas Personal Income Soars 7.5%

Total personal income in Arkansas jumped at an annual rate of 7.5% in the fourth quarter of 2018, outpacing the U.S. growth rate of 5.2%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. read more >

State Home Sales Return to Pre-Recession Levels

State Home Sales Return to Pre-Recession Levels

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The Arkansas Realtors Association says Arkansas home sales in June weighed in at 3,542 — ahead of the 3,493 sold in June 2006, before the recession rocked the national residential real estate market. read more >

Focus On The Economy of Jonesboro

Focus On The Economy of Jonesboro

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In an economic expansion that has generally been lackluster across the state and the nation, the Jonesboro region stands out as one of the more dynamic and growing local economies. read more >

The In-Person Experience (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

The In-Person Experience (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

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My first reaction to the long movie line was simple: Just hire some more people, whydoncha? But if the answer were that simple, people whose livelihoods depend on retail sales could have figured that out. read more >

President-elect Not Affecting Economic Outlook

President-elect Not Affecting Economic Outlook

Banking & Finance

Economists are not expecting a new president to have significant effects on the local or national economy and outlook, according to presentations at the Little Rock Economic Briefing on Wednesday. read more >