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Arkansas unemployment rate dips below 7 percent

Arkansas unemployment rate dips below 7 percent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped below 7 percent for the first time in more than five years.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in March, down from 7.1 percent in February. Agency spokeswoman Becky Heflin says it's the first time Arkansas' jobless rate has been below 7 percent since January 2009.

All major industry sectors posted gains in March. Jobs in leisure and hospitality rose by 3,200, while employment in trade, transportation and utilities increased by 3,000.

Construction added 1,900 jobs and government employment increased by 1,200.

The national unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in March.

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Fire ratings affect homeowner insurance

Fire ratings affect homeowner insurance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - New requirements for fire departments may affect your insurance rates.

After being forced to meet two separate standards for insurance purposes, fire departments are now able to roll those standards into one.

More Arkansas Rice, Cotton, Soybeans, Sorghum Expected

More Arkansas Rice, Cotton, Soybeans, Sorghum Expected

The National Agricultural Statistics Service is predicting more acres of rice, cotton, sorghum and soybeans planted in Arkansas this year with fewer acres dedicated to corn and winter wheat. Higher prices in 2013 saw corn become a rising star for Arkansas farmers, but the market has cooled, according to experts... Read More

No extended hours at post offices on tax night

No extended hours at post offices on tax night

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (USPS) – Millions of Americans wait until the last minute to file their tax returns. This year is no different. Filers have until 12 midnight on Tuesday, April 15 to drop off their completed returns. The Postal Service will not be adding any additional window hours or collection times.

Officer in Charge Paula McDore is urging customers to be aware of this change. "The latest window hours and collection time is 8:00 p.m. at the Little Rock Processing & Distribution Center located at 4700 E. McCain, North Little Rock."

"Customers can be assured all mail dropped in the blue collection boxes at the Processing & Distribution Center location until 8 p.m. will receive an April 15 postmark. Although the deadline is Tuesday April 15, customers are urged to drop off returns as early as possible," says McDore.

The Postal Service offers the following advice to tax filers:

Simmons First Bank's Searcy CEO Resigns, Will Remain A Director

Simmons First Bank's Searcy CEO Resigns, Will Remain A Director

Brooks Davis resigned as president and CEO of Simmons First Bank of Searcy, the bank announced Tuesday. But he will remain on the local board of directors... Read More

Arkansas February Home Sales Up 12.5 Percent

Arkansas February Home Sales Up 12.5 Percent

Arkansas February home sales rose 12.5 percent from the same month last year, driven by gains in Benton, Faulknew and Saline counties, according to a report by the Arkansas Realtors Association... Read More

Let us help you with your yard sale!

Let us help you with your yard sale!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Having a yard/rummage/garage sale? We want to help!

Send the following to information to mytown@thv11.com, and we’ll post it for free!