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Arkansas sets new employment records as state economy booms under Governor Sanders

Arkansas – Arkansas is experiencing significant economic growth, outpacing national trends, under the leadership of Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Recent data highlights an economic boom fueled by her administration’s pro-growth policies, which starkly contrast with the broader national economic challenges.

Record Employment and Job Creation

The latest unemployment report from Arkansas presents a promising picture: a record number of Arkansans are employed, with 24,100 more jobs compared to last year. From March to April alone, the state added over 13,000 jobs. This growth has positioned Arkansas at the forefront of job creation in the United States, with a new high of 1,377,000 nonfarm payroll jobs recorded this month—an increase of 13,900 jobs in just one month.

Governor Sanders remarked on the state’s economic performance, contrasting it with national trends. “Under President Biden’s failed leadership, our national economy is dragging. Blue states are shrinking. But Arkansas is roaring ahead,” she stated. The state’s success is attributed to its strong workforce, low taxes, and a business-friendly environment that continues to attract investment and foster job growth.

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Investment Influx and Fiscal Management

Despite challenging economic policies from the federal level, Arkansas has seen substantial private investment and job creation across various sectors. Notable investments include Zekelman Industries’ $120 million investment in Blytheville, which is expected to create 90 new jobs, and Tractor Supply’s new $175 million facility in Maumelle, adding 500 jobs to the local economy.

DFA Secretary Jim Hudson praised the state’s fiscal policies, “In spite of poor economic policy from the Biden Administration, controlled spending and strong fiscal management by Governor Sanders and the General Assembly are yielding positive results in Arkansas.” The state is projected to see a substantial revenue surplus, which is currently building on record reserve funding, and has made significant strides in reducing taxes.

Tax Cuts and Economic Optimism

Since taking office in January 2023, Governor Sanders and the Arkansas General Assembly have enacted two major income tax cuts. These reductions have lowered the top individual income tax rate from 4.9% to 4.4% and the corporate tax rate from 5.3% to 4.8%, allowing Arkansans to retain more of their hard-earned money.

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The state’s budget surplus projections for the year have dramatically increased from $240.5 million to $708.1 million. In light of these fiscal achievements, S&P upgraded Arkansas’ outlook from “stable” to “positive,” and Moody’s reaffirmed its Aa1 rating. Arkansas stands as one of only six states to receive a “positive” outlook from S&P, highlighting the successful financial stewardship under Governor Sanders’ administration.

Governor Sanders’ strategies of lowering taxes, fostering a pro-business climate, and prudent fiscal management have set Arkansas on a path of economic resilience and growth, distinguishing the state from less favorable national economic conditions.

Ava Thompson

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