Arkansas Consumer Spending in 2020

One of the most significant and unexpected features of the Arkansas economy during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the robust behavior of consumer spending.  Despite sharp increases in unemployment and losses in earnings, Arkansas consumers maintained and even exceeded...

Arkansas Retail Sales — A New Data Set from AEDI

Tracking the economies of states and regions is often limited by the availability of data.  In the recent context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic dislocations, economists have found the development of new sources of information to be increasingly...

Arkansas Consumer Spending During the Pandemic

Evidence continues to accumulate showing that Arkansas’ economy has not been as hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as other parts of the nation.  Most of the information to-date has been related to employment.  It is clear that declines in payroll employment and...

Arkansas Taxable Sales – 2019:Q2

After a slow start in the first quarter of the year, Arkansas Taxable Sales surged 3.0% higher in the second quarter.  Compared to a year earlier, taxable sales were up 3.1%.  Gasoline prices edged higher, averaging $2.46, up from $2.11 in the first quarter.  As a...
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