Arkansas Continues to Lose Manufacturing Jobs - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Continues to Lose Manufacturing Jobs

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

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas is just like the rest of the nation...automation, cheap foreign labor and market pressures are pushing manufacturing jobs out of the state.

The wave of losses got bigger in Arkansas during the last week, as two plywood mills and a television plant shed more than a thousand state workers.  State officials who are trying to retrain laid-off workers and attract new employers say the losses affect families and will eat into the state's strong tax base.

State economic analyst John Shellnutt believes the numbers will get worse as the nationwide slowdown hits Arkansas a little bit harder.  He said the impact of the layoffs of the past three or four months hasn't been felt yet.

Across Arkansas, state estimates show the manufacturing industry employed 195,500 people out of a total non-farm work force of 1.2 million in October.  That's down 4,600 manufacturing jobs from October a year ago.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • School resource officers devastated by school shooting

    School resource officers devastated by school shooting

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:45 PM EST2018-01-24 04:45:59 GMT
    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:51 PM EST2018-01-24 04:51:02 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Marshall County school shooting in Kentucky has rocked the emotions of many school resource officers in Region 8.

    The Marshall County school shooting in Kentucky has rocked the emotions of many school resource officers in Region 8.

  • Organization takes proactive approach in active shooter situations

    Organization takes proactive approach in active shooter situations

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:21 PM EST2018-01-24 04:21:07 GMT
    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:41 PM EST2018-01-24 04:41:38 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    One local organization that was not a school or police department had their eyes glued to the TV Tuesday regarding the news of the Kentucky school shooting.

    One local organization that was not a school or police department had their eyes glued to the TV Tuesday regarding the news of the Kentucky school shooting.

  • Boy with special needs escorts homecoming maid

    Boy with special needs escorts homecoming maid

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:30 PM EST2018-01-24 04:30:21 GMT
    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:40 PM EST2018-01-24 04:40:40 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Valley View High School Homecoming had a very special moment Tuesday night as an 8th grader with special needs got the opportunity to escort a homecoming maid.

    Valley View High School Homecoming had a very special moment Tuesday night as an 8th grader with special needs got the opportunity to escort a homecoming maid.

Powered by Frankly