AR job market down, Jonesboro still growing

Published: Feb. 12, 2014 at 1:48 AM CST
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The job market is not looking good for Arkansans.

The Southwest Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Tuesday its first report on Business Employment Dynamics (BED) for Arkansas. ​

June 2013 data shows nearly 49,000 jobs were created from March 2013, but about 55,000 were lost in the same period.

However, Express Employment Professionals owner Jason Willis said his company is not experiencing numbers like this.

"Our phones are ringing off the hook," Willis said.

Willis said the number of clients they connect with jobs goes up every year.

"If someone is looking for a job and hasn't been successful, that's what we do," Willis said. "That's what we're experts at. We work with numerous clients in northeast Arkansas. They can come to us. We have a number of positions that are available that they can work in and hopefully find a secure spot."

For those trying to get their foot in the job market, Willis said his company can help them make the right connections.

"There's a wide range of positions that we staff for, but, obviously, this area has a huge industrial presence. That is probably one of the leading employment positions that we're providing," Willis said.

Willis attributes the variety of options to the recent attractions that have come to Jonesboro.

"We have seen everything from the new hospital, the restaurants that have moved into the market, the new mall built not too long ago, and we are very fortunate to have Arkansas State University," Willis said.

Willis said the area has had these opportunities thanks to its geographic location.

"They're not gonna move into these areas unless there's a reason. And the reason is, most of the time, the growth and health of the economy," Willis said. "That's why this area has not had or seen a lot of the unemployment issues that some of the other cities in the state have seen."

However, Willis said if some in Region 8 have struck out in the job market, do not give up.

"Just give it time," Willis said. "Just build up a good work history because, when you go and a apply with another company, that's the one thing they're gonna look at is your job stability."

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