Arkansas Economy is Creating Jobs, But Per Capita Income Remains Low

MARCH 30, 2006 - Posted at 7:37 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas economy is creating jobs, but they pay relatively poorly.

Government statistics say the number of Arkansas jobs grew by 1.4 percent last year, slightly below the national average of 1.5 percent.

But the state's per capita income was $26,874 last year, which was 48th in the country.

Governor Huckabee says improving education will help lead to a higher per capita income.

He pointed to the recent opening of the Workforce Technology Center at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis, which will prepare students for jobs in auto manufacturing and other advanced manufacturing fields.

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