Look out Russia. LR might be on your case. And other highlights of the local economy | Arkansas Blog

Monday, January 9, 2017

Look out Russia. LR might be on your case. And other highlights of the local economy

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 10:22 AM

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Metroplan, the regional planning agency in Central Arkansas, released its 2016 economic review and outlook today and it emphasizes a fast-growing business: Cyber security.

Timing is good, given all the talk about Russian hacking.

Metroplan says the metropolitan area has the highest share of cyber-security jobs of any metro area in the country — nine times the national average. The fact prompts a look at opportunities in the field, with some thoughts from First 72 Cyber, a local startup in the field.

Otherwise, says Metroplan, growth is slow but steady, unemployment is at a historic low, Internet retail sales continue to grow (to the detriment of local retailers) and regional manufacturing grew at a rate greater than the national average, but construction was down.

Here's the full report.

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