Jessica Seaman

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Jobless rate dips to 6.2% in state

Arkansas mirrors national figures

Subscriber onlyArkansas' unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in July from a revised 6.3 percent in June, and the state's labor force continued to decline, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Monday. Continue reading...

Fayetteville Shale playing a smaller role

Natural gas market isn’t what it was in past years

Subscriber onlyWith the Fayetteville Shale playing a smaller role in the nation's shale energy boom, companies mining for sand crucial to hydraulic fracturing are looking to larger markets outside of Arkansas to sell their product. Continue reading...

Acxiom posts loss in quarter

Earnings affected by LiveRamp purchase, company says

Subscriber onlyAcxiom Corp. reported a $7.6 million loss in the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year, the second quarterly loss in a row for the Little Rock company. Continue reading...

Pump prices start August down

Supplies high as demand weakens

Abundant gasoline and weaker demand is nudging retail gasoline prices lower, energy analysts said Friday. Continue reading...

Trucker reports $722,000 in profit

USA Truck posts 1st gain in 3 years

USA Truck Inc. on Thursday reported a net income of $722,000 for its second quarter, giving the company its first quarterly profit in three years. Continue reading...

Murphy Oil selling its refinery in Wales

Deal also near for U.K. retail assets

Murphy Oil Corp.'s chief executive officer said Thursday that the company will be able to transfer about $550 million back to the United States after the sale of its assets in the United Kingdom. Continue reading...

Profit falls 68% at Murphy Oil; high costs cited

Murphy Oil Corp. on Wednesday reported a 67.9 percent drop in second-quarter profit. Continue reading...

Windstream seeks fixed-asset trust

Move, if OK’d, will spin off real estate, some copper and fiber networks

Subscriber onlyWindstream Holdings Inc. shares surged 12 percent Tuesday after the company said it would spin off some of its assets into a publicly traded real estate investment trust. Continue reading...

Sex-orientation rules in place, firms in state say

Subscriber onlySeveral Arkansas companies that hold federal contracts or that have provided services to the government say they will review their employment policies in light of an order signed Monday by President Barack Obama protecting the employment of gay and transgender employees. Continue reading...

Murphy Malaysia suitors reported

Subscriber onlyThe sale of a portion of Murphy Oil Corp.'s oil and gas assets in Malaysia would extend the reserve life of the company's resources, industry analysts said Monday. Continue reading...

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