Online Schools in Arkansas
Despite being nicknamed "The Natural State" for its tourism industry, Arkansas has a number of large employers, such as Wal-Mart, that gives the state a unique economy. The right education can help graduates thrive in such a promising environment.
Jobs and the Arkansas economy
According to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (DWS), the state has a lower unemployment rate than the U.S. as a whole. It was 8.3 percent as of September 2011, compared to 9.1 percent for the nation.
According to DWS, seven major industries have grown from 2010-2011, off-setting the declines that occurred in three other sectors. Leisure and hospitality added 5,200 jobs, mostly in food services. Professional and business services grew by 5,000 jobs, mostly in the area of administrative and support services. The trade, transportation and utilities industry also added 2,300 jobs.
From 2008-2018, the industries expected to grow the most include the following five: