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Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:59:00

Arkansas unemployment rate fell by 1.5 percentage points over the past year

Arkansas' unemployment rate has achieved parity with that of the US as a whole. The labor force also shrank over the past year, but the number of available jobs grew.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 13:30:00

Not many bartenders in Arkansas

Which state has the lowest prevalence of bartending in the nation? You'll never guess!

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 10:57:00

Verizon to hire 285 at Little Rock call center

State officials gathered this morning to announce new Verizon jobs. A company news release says it is seeking 285 people to work full-time in a Little Rock call center.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 09:47:00

Unemployment rate falls to 6.9 percent

Arkansas's unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in February, according to a new release from the Department of Workforce Services. February's rate was 7.1. The national rate for March was 6.7.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 14:17:00

Tax day should be easier

With the deadline for filing income taxes fast approaching, it's a good time for a reminder that filing individual income taxes could be quick and basically automatic for most Americans. In most cases, the IRS has all the information it needs to do your taxes for you.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:24:00

Dept. of Workforce Services: Arkansas unemployment rate drops to 7.1 percent

Numbers out today from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services show the state's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point between January and February, from 7.3 percent to 7.1 percent.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 09:23:00

Arkansas unemployment rates drops to 7.3 percent in January

The unemployment rate in Arkansas in January was 7.3 percent, down from 7.4 percent the month before. The labor force grew by about 700.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:10:00

State puts $575,000 into Argenta innovation center

Gov. Mike Beebe was on hand today for the announcement of a $575,000 Arkansas Economic Development Commission grant to the Argenta Regional Innovation Hub. A building at Broadway and Poplar, North Little Rock, will house the center, which is aimed at encouraging tech startups, STEM education and after-school and summer programs for students.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 06:49:00

Thousands in Arkansas would benefit from minimum wage increase

An increase in the minimum wage is not an abstract economic policy debate, but a subject with real meaning to working people. or example; New government statistics show that 44,000 Arkansas workers are paid at or below the $7.25 federal minimum wage. What's more, 14,000 of those workers are paid less than the federal minimum wage, which means they have only the protection of the state's $6.25 an hour minimum wage.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 06:56:00

Arkansas income: Unequal and getting worse

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families has issued a new report on how income inequality hurts Arkansas.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 09:12:00

Arkansas unemployment rate dropped in December

The Arkansas unemployment rate in December was 7.4 percent, down from 7.5 percent the preceding month.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 07:10:00

Looking for upward mobility? Don't look to Dixie. Little Rock ranks low

Norma Bates directs my attention to Salon and a fine article on income inequality. More specifically, it focuses on how income inequality disproportionately afflicts Southern states.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 11:11:00

HP announces 200 jobs in Conway; still short of pre-layoff targets

Gov. Mike Beebe and Conway officials announced with great happiness today that Hewlett Packard would add 200 technical jobs to its operation in Conway.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 08:51:00

Drive announced for minimum wage increase

Morning e-mail: Give Arkansas a Raise Now will hold a press conference Tuesday, December 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the Old Supreme Court Room at the State Capitol to announce the launching of an Initiated Act ballot campaign to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 09:06:00

Jobless rate reaches five-year low

Good news.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 09:13:00

Arkansas unemployment rate unchanged


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Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 09:18:00

Arkansas unemployment rate rises in July

The Arkansas unemployment rate rose to 7.4 percent in July, up from 7.3 the month before.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 08:34:00

Republican governors warn against federal shutdown

Republican governors, even Wisconsin's Scott Walker, are warning Republicans in Congress that it would be a bad idea to shut down the federal government as part of an effort to block Obamacare.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 07:29:25

Income inequality: Obama sees it as an issue

In an interview with the New York Times, President Obama talks about the gap between rich and poor in U.S.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 09:21:00

Faulkner, Saline, 'hyper-humans' lead Little Rock metro area growth

Metroplan, the publicly supported regional planning agency, has released its 2013 reporton demographics and workforce in Central Arkansas.

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