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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.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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.

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:

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!

SBA seeks nominations for Arkansas Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Champions

SBA seeks nominations for Arkansas Small Business Person of the Year,  Small Business Champions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (SBA) The U.S. Small Business Administration Arkansas District Office is seeking successful and inspiring entrepreneurs to represent Arkansas during SBA’s 2014 Small Business Week.  Nominations are due January 17, 2014.

“This is the time to honor an outstanding entrepreneur in your area.  Small business owners are so important to the strength of our country, and these awards provide an opportunity to celebrate their success,” said Yolanda Garcia Olivarez, SBA Regional Administrator.  Olivarez heads Region VI which serves more than 3.3 million entrepreneurs in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  “Each day these men and women overcome obstacles with creativity and perseverance, and help create jobs for themselves and others.”

Do your Christmas shopping at the Conway Expo Center

Do your Christmas shopping at the Conway Expo Center

CONWAY, Ark. (Conway Regional) - Dazzle Daze 2013 will offer shoppers from all over Central Arkansas a chance to fill their holiday shopping lists on Nov. 21 through the 23 at the Conway Expo Center. The Expo Center is located at 2505 E. Oak St/Hwy64E in Conway.

Almost 90 merchants are expected this year offering shoppers such merchandise as jewelry, gourmet food, décor, clothing, toys, artwork, and numerous other holiday gift items.

Dazzle Daze will begin with “Girls’ Nite Out,” Thursday, Nov.  21, 6-9 pm. Girls’ Nite Out will feature:                                                                     

Nonprofits receive $17,500 through Operation Round-Up

Nonprofits receive $17,500 through Operation Round-Up

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (First Electric Cooperative) – Nineteen nonprofit organizations received funds recently through First Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up program. Community members on the Operation Round-Up Board of Trustees approved $17,500 in donations.

Recipients by county include:

•In Arkansas County, Arkansas County Single Parent Scholarship Fund and DeWitt Senior Center each received $1,000.

•In Cleburne County, Care Cap Connections/Volunteer America-1776 received $500 and Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Cleburne County, Wilburn Volunteer Fire Department and Drasco Fire Department each received $1,000. 

•In Garland County, Hot Springs Village Walk for Cancer Research received $1,000. 

•In Lonoke County, Arkansas Waterfowl Association received $500 and Lonoke County Museum, Lonoke County Safe Haven and Scott Fire Protection District each received $1,000.