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Arkansas' out-of-job rate rises to 3.6%; analyst notes lag in work seekers

By David Smith

This article was published November 18, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Graph showing information about the Arkansas and U.S. joblessness rates

Arkansas' unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.6 percent in October from 3.5 percent in September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

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RBear says... November 18, 2017 at 7:38 a.m.

Some very interesting numbers about unemployment in the state. The linkage between health, opioid usage, and labor intensive jobs makes a lot of sense. What are the state and nation doing about that? Very little. Why? Because we have an administration that rejects those kind of linkages as nanny state.

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rubythecat96gmailcom says... November 18, 2017 at 2:29 p.m.

seems like a lot of Arkansans and US citizens lack respect for themselves and continue to eat unhealthy diets with little to no physical exercise. this has been going on for several years. they no longer walk upright but waddle with their heads down as in defeat too lazy to actually do anything about it. not only does it show in their demeanor but in their dress and most importantly in their vulgar speech. what happened to our slim waistlines, high moral and work ethics? and it appears the fashion designers are trying purposely to make it difficult to tell what gender an individual is. I miss the lady like dresses and high heels and yes even stockings! and when men actually wore belts with their shirts tucked in. we have become a country of fat foul mouth slobs. no wonder people are unemployed being the old fashioned lady that i am when i was interviewing prospective employees I would certainly would not hire you if you came into my office without a suit or had tattoos that i could see. Still i have love and hope for my country by praying we drag ourselves out of the gutter we have built and take responsibility for ourselves and our actions or inaction. Lets shape up! Rbear its not the state or the government's responsibility to get us off drugs and make us eat right and exercise its called personal responsibility. personal dignity.

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RBear says... November 19, 2017 at 7:29 a.m.

ruby, that's one of the most bizarre ramblings about YOUR image of society I've ever seen. For someone to have been a "star reporter" I think you may have lost some of your writing skills.
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Regardless, what you put forth more an "it sucks to be you" attitude to these people. I guess you've never had to deal with addiction and the challenges faced by it. I'm hopeful that Trump's new found push for combating opioid addiction is more substance than many of his claims.
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The point I think you miss is that in some cases these individuals need training and skills to help them move from the manual intensive jobs to those their bodies can deal with. Without that, they are essentially caught in a tough situation they can't escape. In some cases, their age limits their opportunities to change jobs. In other words, without help they will remain out of the workforce with no chance of re-entering. No tax cut can help improve their job situation.
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Do we need better fitness and healthy eating? Yes to both points. Our nation's healthcare system cannot sustain the care necessary to treat those who are in bad health. It will lead to increased loss of productivity as people spend more time at home or at the doctor. This is where I see those on the right cutting the nation short. They ignore these facts and expect different results.

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