Politicians paint a bright picture when they announce a new plant location or expansion. But let’s look at the big picture.

For example: The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ third quarter report on employment (through September 2019).

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Nationwide, employment rose by 1.1 percent from September 2018 to September 2019.

Arkansas as a whole had 0 percent job growth for the one-year span, tied for 46th worst.


Among the 356th most populous counties, here’s how the Arkansas counties in the number fared, by percentage change and rank

Benton 2.5% 45th


Pulaski -0.6% 321st

Washington 1% 171st