Arkansas’ unemployment rate hit a record low of 3.4 percent in July 2017 and has stayed below the national unemployment rate of around 3.7 percent.
Arkansas’ principal industries are agriculture, business services, forestry, manufacturing, tourism, and transportation logistics. Additional interesting sectors include aerospace and aviation, biosciences, data, distribution and logistics services, firearms and ammunition, healthcare, paper and timber products, smart grid technologies, software development data management services, and steel production.
The startup scene in Arkansas is booming. A strong talent pool, a growing number of incubators and accelerator programs, and available funding and incentives have created a welcoming environment for entrepreneurs of all types.
“Why Arkansas?” Video Shines Light on Business OpportunityMarch 18, 2019
From timber to technology, Arkansas draws in businesses from every industry. Executives share why being in Arkansas is good for business.Read >
Arkansas' Advantages in the Food and Beverage Industry: Comparisons within the RegionNovember 30, 2018
In an effort to show Arkansas’ competitive advantages to businesses looking at the southeastern region of the United States, this article compares Ark...Read >
Infographic: Arkansas is ripe for food and beverage manufacturersOctober 31, 2018
Our latest infographic highlights Arkansas’ top food and beverage manufacturers, looks at the current industry workforce, and so much more...Read >
Today’s advanced manufacturing is not your father’s factory jobOctober 02, 2018
Arkansas leads the way in advanced manufacturing.Read >
Arkansas Prepares The Next Generation of Food and Beverage Industry LeadersAugust 01, 2018
Arkansas has a wide range of education and training programs available for people working or intending to work in the food and beverage industry. Here...Read >
Three State Programs Designed to Strengthen Arkansas’ WorkforceMarch 23, 2018
Though the debate over whether or not a four-year college degree is the right choice for everyone rages on, it is without question that every Arkansan...Read >
Technology is Changing Education and the Workforce Landscape in ArkansasMarch 09, 2018
Nationwide, there were nearly 10 times as many open computing jobs as there were computer science graduates in 2017. As more and more of the economy b...Read >
Businesses Search for Ways to "Hook" Top Tech ChallengeOctober 18, 2017
With growing competition for the best technology workers, it’s vital for companies to understand how to recruit and retain top talent. It all comes do...Read >
Arkansas Inc Podcast: Workforce Priorities for Business DevelopmentOctober 03, 2017
Danny Games, Executive Vice President of Global Business for Arkansas Economic Development Commission, discusses the workforce impact on business deve...Read >
Professional Development Programs Expand Skilled Workforce in ArkansasSeptember 20, 2017
There are many opportunities for professional development in Arkansas. In an ever-changing global marketplace, the one factor any state can count on i...Read >