09.30.2010 0

Recovery Summer and Stimulus: Arkansas

Continuing on the Recovery Summer and Stimulus: State by State, we head to Arkansas.

Quick Arkansas facts:

  • In January of 2009, the unemployment rate in Arkansas was 6.5%. As of July 31, 2010, the unemployment rate was 7.4% (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • According to Recovery.gov, Arkansas has received only 2,699 awards. This has resulted in $1,898,942,545 being spent to create/save 4,637.24* jobs (Source: Recovery.gov)
  • As of July 2010, the labor force in Arkansas shrunk by 28,325 people since January of 2009. While the labor force has decreased, the unemployment rate has increased. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • According to the Recovery Summer Map, Arkansas boasts zero “Summer of Recovery” projects!
  • The number of people employed in Arkansas has fallen by 15,420 people since January of 2009! (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • The Obama administration projected the change in jobs by December 31, 2010 to be +31,000 jobs. To date, Arkansas has lost 8,200 jobs. (Source: Ways & Means Republicans)

The employment trend in Arkansas has been downward during the entire “Summer of Recovery.” While stimulus and other Big Government programs have been pushed in the state to the tune of nearly $1.9 billion, the employment situation in Arkansas continues to go from bad to worse. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Read more on Recovery Summer and the Stimulus Effects on States.

*: The number of jobs created/saved conflicts with other government sources on Recovery.gov. This number was pulled from the latest figured offered on Recovery.gov

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