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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 07:32:00

The rise in poor in the suburbs; new interest in cities

The Democrat-Gazette today focused on Arkansas figures of a trend found in the 2010 Census and much discussed since — the rising poverty in suburbs, previously seen as the land of milk and honey versus ills of urban areas.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 09:24:00

Arkansas unemployment rate dropped in April

The Arkansas unemployment rate in April was 7.1 percent, down from 7.2 percent the month before.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 09:35:59

'Obummer': Maybe that Kenyan ain't so bad after all

Since it's customary to blame President Obama for any and everything unpleasant — see U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (Club for Growth, D.C.) and the Boston bombings — should he also get some credit for positives?

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 13:54:00

State revises tax income estimates upward

The state Finance and Administration Department today issued revised forecasts for state tax revenue through the end of fiscal 2014 (June 30, 2014).

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 10:36:00

Arkansas unemployment rate holds steady

The unemployment rate in Arkansas in March held steady at 7.2 percent, while the workforce dropped slight.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 10:22:00

Arkansas jobless rate unchanged in February

The Arkansas unemployment rate in February held steady at 7.2 percent. Details here.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 11:49:56

Walmart 'freaking out' about the economy

From The Washington Post's Wonkblog: “Well, we just had one of those weeks here at Walmart U.S. Where are all the customers?

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 06:20:43

Raising the minimum wage makes sense

The Arkansas minimum wage is $6.25 an hour. A full-time worker can gross $250 a week ($13,000 a year with no vacations) at that rate.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 06:45:47

Investors beware: If it's too good to be true ...

The New York Times has a good cautionary story today. It's about how people looking at low interest rates of conventional investments have been drawn to risky propositions to improve their retirement outlook.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 09:51:00

Will Arkansas raise the minimum wage?

Ten states began the New Year with increases in their minimum wage rates. According to this article, 19 states and the District of Columbia now have minimum wages above the $7.25 federal rate.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 07:53:18

Jobless claims fall

Better than a sharp stick in the eye. First-time jobless claims fell 12,000 to 350,000 in the latest week, the lowest level in more than four years, the U.S. government says.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012 - 09:44:18

Arkansas unemployment rate drops to 7 percent

The Arkansas unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent in November, from 7.2 percent the month before, but the size of the labor force still shrunk a bit.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012 - 11:59:46

Sen. Pryor to host Twitter Town Hall on fiscal cliff

With even the Pope now joining the twitterverse, I am apparently the last person remaining without an account.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 09:17:33

Unemployment in Arkansas rose to 7.2 percent in October

The Arkansas unemployment rate in October was 7.2 percent, up from 7.1 percent the month before.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 06:19:03

The economy IS getting better, job report or no

Joe Nocera of the New York Times offers a calm analysis of the monthly unemployment numbers, which had good news in a declining employment rate but a soft report on additional jobs.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 06:48:41

More caution on tech park spending

Now it's Slate with a cautionary tale about the rush by local governments to spend millions of taxpayer money to incubate technology parks, as Little Rock is doing under a plan hatched and controlled by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 11:35:37

Home sales down, but values up in Arkansas

Arkansas apparently tracks the national trend on rising home prices, though the number of home sales fell in July and August, the Arkansas Realtors reports.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 11:11:57

Arkansas unemployment rate holds at 7.3 percent

The Arkansas unemployment rate held steady in August, at 7.3 percent, but the total workforce dropped slightly.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012 - 14:57:26

Arkansas Arts Center lays off 3 to outsource marketing

The Arkansas Arts Center has laid off three marketing employees in favor of outsourcing the work to Stone Ward.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 10:57:22

If it's all about jobs, Obama wins

From today's New York Times: THE job numbers in recent months have been disappointing, encouraging Republicans who hope that the slow pace of recovery will cause voters to reject President Obama.

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