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by Roby Brock -

Home Sales Trending Downward In January

Arkansas’ housing market continues on a slow pace toward recovery, with low interest rates and economic uncertainty competing for the attention of potential home buyers.

by Roby Brock -

Trucking, GDP Reports Show Economic Growth

Private and public sector reports show signs of small gains in the national economy, with a trucking industry economist saying the economy will not slide back into recession. The American…

by Roby Brock -

Arkansas Unemployment Drops To 8% In November

Arkansas workforce officials reported that November’s unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percent to 8.0%. The U.S. unemployment rate fell four-tenths from October to 8.6%. One year ago, the state’s…

by Roby Brock -

State Unemployment Dips In October

For the first time since March 2011, Arkansas’ unemployment rate declined. According to the latest report, Arkansas’ jobless rate fell one-tenth of a percent to 8.2% in October. You can…

by Talk Business -

Arkansas Home Sales Rise 10% in September

Home sales in Arkansas rose 10% in September compared to one year ago, according to the latest statewide housing report from the Arkansas Realtors Association.

Statewide home prices increased slightly by 0.7% to an average of $146,694.

There was strength in central and northwest Arkansas as four of the top five counties for sales were in those regions of the state. Pulaski County led the state in volume, highlighted by a 19% increase.

Benton and Washington counties reported 16.8% and 8.9% gains in a year-over-year comparison. Units sold in Saline and Faulkner counties were up 34.4% and 25.6% respectively compared to last September.

Year-to-date home sales in Arkansas are still about 8% lower than the first 9 months of 2010.

by Talk Business -

Arkansas Tax Revenue Up 3.3% Year-to-Date

Despite “weak” retail sales the gross year-to-date tax collections in Arkansas total $1.842 billion, up 3.3% compared to the 2010 period, according to an Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration report released Wednesday (Nov. 2).

The year-to-date gross revenue for the first four months of Arkansas’ 2012 fiscal year (July-October) is 1.1% above the forecast.

The year-to-date gross receipts collections — a gauge of consumer spending — total $719.8 million, down 0.5% compared to 2010 and down 3.4% below the revenue forecast.