Trends & Analysis

Arkansas' January Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.7 Percent

Arkansas' January Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.7 Percent

Arkansas' January unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent.
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A Reason for Every Regulation (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Regulations are a way that our society, through our elected government, levels out playing fields and creates transparency and protects the weak from abuse by the strong.
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Arkansas Tourism Tax Revenue Sees Steady Growth

The state of Arkansas levies a 2 percent tourism tax on the price of admission to tourist attractions and on the sale or rental of items related to tourism with the money going to the Tourism Development Trust Fund.
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US New-Home Sales Dipped in February, But Demand Is Solid

Sales of new U.S. homes slipped 0.6 percent in February, a third straight monthly decline. But year to date, sales are up 2.2 percent compared with 2017 in a sign that buyer demand remains solid. read more >

Arkansas' February Unemployment Rises to 3.8 Percent

The state Department of Workforce Services said Friday that Arkansas' civilian labor force declined by 1,794 from January, a result of 17 more Arkansans being unemployed and 1,811 dropping from the workforce. read more >

Government Reorganization Push Faces Pitfalls (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Promising to cut in half the number of agencies answering to him, Gov. Asa Hutchinson is hoping to emulate a Democratic governor who later defeated him in his first bid for statewide office. He's also trying to avoid the pitfalls faced by former Gov. Mike Huckabee. read more >

Commercial Real Estate Loans See Steady Growth

Commercial real estate loans reached $2,092.2823 billion — or over $2 trillion — in February, according to the Federal Reserve. read more >

One Day Last Week (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

So many big news stories happening that not all could get the attention they deserved. read more >

US Job Openings Soar to Record High of 6.3M

U.S. employers sharply ramped up their demand for workers in January, advertising 6.3 million jobs at the end of the month, the most on records dating back 17 years. read more >

Builders Optimism Slides for 3rd Consecutive Month

A new survey reveals fading optimism among homebuilders, and a downward revision in sentiment from February suggests a more sustained perception of deterioration. read more >

Arkansas Home Sales Held Steady In January

The Arkansas Realtors Association announced Tuesday that home sales held steady in January. read more >