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Arkansas’ unemployment rate increases to 7.8 Percent

Arkansas’ unemployment rate increases to 7.8 Percent

Labor force data, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and released today by the Department of Workforce Services, show Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.7 percent in April to 7.8 percent in May. Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined 3,600, a result of 1,200 more unemployed and 4,800 fewer employed Arkansans. At 9.1 percent, the United States’ jobless rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point.

DWS Communications Director Kimberly Friedman said, "Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point in May, as the civilian labor force declined slightly.

Simmons First announces officer promotions

Simmons First announces officer promotions

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - - Simmons First National Corporation recently announced the promotions of Sandy M. Richard to vice president within the corporate marketing group and Leslie M. Gober to senior loss share accounting officer in the finance group according to J. Thomas May, chairman and chief executive officer.

Richard joined the marketing group in June 2010 after serving as student loan business development officer at Simmons First for the previous 14 years.

L'Oreal employees donate time, talent to Ark. Food Bank

L'Oreal employees donate time, talent to Ark. Food Bank

 

L’Oréal USA North Little Rock employees work with the Arkansas Food Bank to support over 300 local agencies that provide food for the hungry.  The Food Bank collects and distributes millions of pounds of food every year to local food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens and also helps children through the Backpack and Kids Cafe programs.

WHEN: Friday, June 3 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHERE:  Arkansas Food Bank, 4301 West 65th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209

L’Oréal USA North Little Rock based employees engage in a day of community service in Little Rock and North Little Rock surrounding communities.

For the third year, more than 330 L’Oréal USA North Little Rock Employees will be dispatched across Little Rock to give their time and talents to a variety of volunteer projects.

At the Arkansas Food Bank, L’Oréal USA volunteers help sort and box food, and help&nbsp

Chamber banquet recap; counties join Metro Alliance

Chamber banquet recap; counties join Metro Alliance

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- The Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance & Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Membership Meeting was a tremendous success.  We appreciate your support and attendance.

We thank our Title Sponsors -Georgia Pacific, Henderson State University, The Daily Siftings Herald, and Southern Bancorp and our Contributing Sponsors – Arkadelphia Public Schools, Baptist Health Medical Center, DeGray Lake Resort State Park, and Drumco An EarthMinded Company.  We also thank and our Reception Sponsor, US Bank and our Corporate Table Sponsors – Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Entergy/Arkadelphia City Board, Henderson State University Community Education Center, Henderson State University Small Business Technology Development Center, Men United, Ouachita Baptist University, The Ross Foundation, Southern Bancorp, Summit Bank, Vision Quest Developments.

Defend yourself from home repair fraud

Defend yourself from home repair fraud

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --  The National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud (NCPHIF) is coming to Little Rock, Arkansas where they will hold a free "SmartPower" workshop on "How to Protect Yourself From Home Improvement/Home Repair Contractor Fraud." The workshop will be held Thursday, June 2, 2011, from 6-8 pm, at the North Little Rock Community Center, 2700 Willow Street, 72114.

The free 2-hour workshop is open to the public and will help educate disaster/storm victims and other homeowners on how to become their own quality control managers, when undergoing a home improvement or repair project, regardless of where they are in the process. 

"Disaster/storm victims are especially vulnerable to contractor fraud," says Phae Howard, Executive Director of NCPHIF.

Argenta Downtown Council holds annual luncheon

Argenta Downtown Council holds annual luncheon

The Argenta Downtown Council (ADC) will host our fourth annual luncheon on Wednesday, May 11, from 11:30 - 1 p.m. at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in the Argenta Arts District, downtown North Little Rock.

Our speaker, Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. of Charleston, S.C., is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in America. First elected Mayor in December 1975, Mayor Riley is serving an unprecedented ninth term.

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Consider this: Where would you turn for advice on assisting a loved one affected by Alzheimer's? How will your basic needs be met should your child become ill with cancer? What kinds of chemicals and additives are in your food -- and how is it affecting your health?

Do you know where to go to even get these answers?

Earlier this spring I was able to attend an event at War Memorial Stadium called "Little Rock Serves," which is sponsored by Create Little Rock, an arm of the Little Rock Chamber.