New Forecast Shows Arkansas Economy in Better Shape Than Expected

Arkansas economist Michael Pakko says the state hasn’t been as hard-hit by the economic effects of COVID-19, and it’s so far escaped the worst of what other states have experienced. But figuring out why is a difficult task. It could be because Arkansas didn’t fully...

April Report Shows Impact Of COVID-19 On Arkansas Metro Areas

Arkansas’ three largest in-state metro regions combined for 52,930 job losses in April compared with April 2019. The Hot Springs metro posted an April jobless rate of 15.3%, the highest rate among the eight metro areas in or connected to Arkansas. The April numbers...

State’s Jobless Rate Surges To 10.2%

Unemployment in Arkansas shot up to 10.2% in April, ballooning to double-digits for the first time in more than 35 years. The jobless rate doubled from 5% in March, state officials announced Friday. All 11 economic sectors suffered job losses as the coronavirus...