Which Ark. governors were best on jobs? | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Which Ark. governors were best on jobs?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 8, 2006 at 4:17 PM

Roby Brock at his Talk Business blog shares details from a new Arkansas Policy Foundation study focusing on annual job growth rates under Arkansas governors since World War II. (The Arkansas Policy Foundation is a conservative think tank based in Little Rock.)

Interestingly, two of the three Republican Governors in the last sixty years have the worst jobs performance record. Former Governor Frank White actually governed during a recession, when the state averaged an 0.8 percent annual loss in its non-farm employment base. Current Governor Mike Huckabee has a pretty anemic jobs record, too, compared to his peers. Jobs have only netted 1.0 percent annual growth during his decade on the job, compared to the national annual average of 1.3 percent. ...

So who was among the best? David Pryor and Dale Bumpers saw the state’s employment base expand annually by 5.4 percent and 5.0 percent respectively during their tenures. Orval Faubus presided over 5.1 percent annual jobs growth during his gubernatorial stint.

Here is the complete rundown with Arkansas and U.S. annual averages:

Governor                             Arkansas      U.S.
Ben Laney (D)                      3.3%        1.9%
Sid McMath (D)                     4.1%        3.1%
Francis Cherry (D)               0.6%       -0.8%
Orval Faubus (D)                 5.1%        2.6%
Winthrop Rockefeller (R)  2.8%        2.1%
Dale Bumpers (D)               5.0%        2.4%
David Pryor (D)                   5.4%        3.7%
Bill Clinton (D)                      1.7%        1.2%
Frank White (R)                 -0.8%       -1.2%
Bill Clinton (D)                      3.8%        2.3%
Jim Guy Tucker (D)             3.4%        2.7%
Mike Huckabee (R)              1.0%        1.3%

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (21)

Showing 1-21 of 21

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-21 of 21

Add a comment

More by Warwick Sabin

  • Helena's disappearing buildings

    Preservationists hope to slow demolitions.
    • Mar 22, 2007
  • Trailers headed to Dumas

    Gov. Mike Beebe issued the following statement earlier today: Although this decision by FEMA to deny emergency funds to Desha County defies common sense, Arkansas will take care of its own people.
    • Mar 9, 2007
  • Youth Ranch robbed, vandalized

    According to a press release we just received: The Donald W. Reynolds Campus of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranches (The Ranch) located near Fort Smith was vandalized overnight Thursday.  Items stolen during the break-in included all of the children’s saddles, food, tools and supplies from The Ranch’s carpentry shop and all equipment from its auto shop.  An investigation is underway with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.
    • Mar 9, 2007
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Al Gore remembers Dale Bumpers

    Former Vice President Al Gore, a former U.S. Senate colleague of Dale Bumpers, sent a statement on Bumpers' death Friday:
    • Jan 3, 2016
  • Today in Trump: Obstruction of justice anyone?

    It's the New York Times with the news today. Fired FBI Director James Comey kept notes of his talks with Donald Trump. A memo he wrote in February after a meeting with Trump said the president asked him to shut down the investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.
    • May 16, 2017
  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation