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Last updated on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 8:09 am

Report: Northwest Arkansas Ranks No. 4 in Job Growth

Northwest Arkansas’ nonfarm job growth ranked No. 4 in the nation last year, according to a news release from the Northwest Arkansas Council. Preliminary information released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area equaled its best job growth ranking in the past 25 years. It also ranked fourth nationally in 2001. The year-end data, which includes information collected from 383 metropolitan statistical areas, is used by economic development professionals across the U.S. to gain insight into what’s happening in regions. Having the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers MSA rank so high shows how impressive job growth was in 2013. Northwest Arkansas increased total nonfarm jobs by 4.56 percent in 2013, meaning its... [ MORE ]

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