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The ATBI shows the level of economic activity at a monthly level for each of 16 select Arkansas cities. Higher readings indicate stronger economic performance relative to lower readings. The index is based around 100. A city reading above 100 indicates that the city is currently doing better than the state average from 2009 to the present. Many cities above 100 indicate overall strong statewide performance relative to the recent past. The Index is a compilation of labor market data, real estate data, construction data, and retail sales. These four component indices are available for each city by clicking on the city name. We strive to collect and communicate data in a way that allows you to analyze statewide performance. The full ATBI database is available for download below.

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The ATBI was developed, as a student project, funded by the LeMoyne and Selma Smith Research Scholarship, under the direction of Dr. Marc Anthony Fusaro. The student, Jacob Brown, was the winner of said scholarship for both semesters in 2013, and is a May 2014 graduate of the economics and finance program at Arkansas Tech University, College of Business.

 
  • October 2015
  • 3rd Quarter 2015
  • Year 2014

ATBI Infographic - Data available by download Springdale Fayetteville Fort Smith Russellville Searcy North Little Rock Little Rock Pine Bluff El Dorado Hot Springs Texarkana West Memphis Jonesboro Conway Van Buren Bentonville Rogers

 

  Arkansas Tech Business Index Value Change from Proceeding Months
City August September October September October
Bentonville
107.85
108.82
106.36
0.97
-2.46
Conway
100.19
101.59
100.99
1.4
-0.6
El Dorado
97.65
98.44
96.59
0.79
-1.85
Fayetteville
105.32
105.84
106.2
0.52
0.36
Fort Smith
101.79
100.45
104.2
-1.34
3.75
Hot Springs
100.25
99.9
99.84
-0.35
-0.06
Jonesboro
97.56
97.07
97.65
-0.49
0.58
Little Rock
95.38
96.25
95.35
0.87
-0.9
Mountain Home
100.56
100.64
99.92
0.08
-0.72
North Little Rock
95.97
96.36
98.28
0.39
1.92
Pine Bluff
92.56
92.66
92.45
0.1
-0.21
Rogers
105.8
107.87
104.47
2.07
-3.4
Russellville
98.18
99.01
98.16
0.83
-0.85
Searcy
98.64
97.75
98.25
-0.89
0.5
Springdale
106.39
103.99
104.86
-2.4
0.87
Texarkana
95.39
97.03
95.9
1.64
-1.13
Van Buren
99.89
99.54
99.01
-0.35
-0.53
West Memphis
95.6
96.77
96.53
1.17
-0.24

ATBI Infographic - Data available by download Springdale Fayetteville Fort Smith Russellville Searcy North Little Rock Little Rock Pine Bluff El Dorado Hot Springs Texarkana West Memphis Jonesboro Conway Van Buren Bentonville Rogers

 

  Arkansas Tech Business Index Value Change from 3 Months Prior
City Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 August September October
Bentonville
107.35
106.89
107.36
-0.05
2.6
0.94
Conway
101.96
102.15
101.41
-1.11
-0.57
-1.47
El Dorado
98.52
97.75
98.35
-0.95
0.88
-2.38
Fayetteville
105.26
105.61
105.62
-0.92
0.94
0.51
Fort Smith
104.6
102.96
101.57
-0.81
-3.48
1.72
Hot Springs
100.71
100.43
100.18
-0.35
-1.04
-0.54
Jonesboro
98.04
97.73
97.32
0.13
-1.07
0.33
Little Rock
96.67
96.17
95.61
-1.04
-0.03
0.16
Mountain Home
100.7
100.01
100.55
-0.32
0.52
-0.54
North Little Rock
96.53
96.51
96.64
-0.85
-0.95
0.7
Pine Bluff
94.21
93.29
93.3
-1.91
-0.82
-2.22
Rogers
105.47
105.07
106.08
-0.85
2.7
-0.11
Russellville
98.94
98.1
98.78
-0.67
1.05
-0.99
Searcy
99.05
98.5
98.2
-0.29
-1.19
0.04
Springdale
104.87
104.66
105.69
0.89
-1.21
-1.84
Texarkana
96.24
96.58
96.32
-1.85
0.46
-0.63
Van Buren
100.2
99.39
99.6
-0.06
-0.15
-0.35
West Memphis
96.56
97
96.18
-1.87
-1.87
0.35

ATBI Infographic - Data available by download Springdale Fayetteville Fort Smith Russellville Searcy North Little Rock Little Rock Pine Bluff El Dorado Hot Springs Texarkana West Memphis Jonesboro Conway Van Buren Bentonville Rogers

 

  Arkansas Tech Business Index Value Change from 12 Months Prior
City 2012 2013 2014 October 14 September 15 October 15
Bentonville
107.69
108.38
107.68
-0.39
1.24
-1.01
Conway
102.7
102.56
101.88
-1.16
-2.52
0.25
El Dorado
98.52
98.26
97.83
-1.31
0.64
-1.09
Fayetteville
105.74
106.32
106.18
-0.09
0.28
0.25
Fort Smith
102.72
102.22
103.29
3.1
-2.06
0.09
Hot Springs
100.91
100.44
100.75
-0.44
-0.74
-0.13
Jonesboro
99.67
99.67
99.29
-1.54
-2.19
-0.79
Little Rock
95.29
96.49
97.66
-0.92
-0.39
-0.49
Mountain Home
100.59
99.95
100.18
0.29
0.16
-0.62
North Little Rock
97.54
97.14
96.89
-0.43
-0.71
1.93
Pine Bluff
93.72
93.06
92.83
0.53
-0.27
-1.03
Rogers
106.51
107.34
106.73
0.99
3.35
-3.4
Russellville
99.54
99.07
98.18
0.56
1.63
-0.66
Searcy
99.82
99.3
98.65
-0.67
-2.29
-0.93
Springdale
104.4
104.45
104.74
-1.56
0.67
0.95
Texarkana
98.79
97.67
96.38
-2.33
0.95
-0.14
Van Buren
99.24
99.49
100.46
0.62
-0.71
-1.62
West Memphis
96.43
96.26
95.48
-1.74
0.93
1.7
NOTE: Each month when new data is available, we rerun the ATBI model. Therefore, in general we should not expect the September reading in this October ATBI release to exactly match the September reading in the September ATBI. While the underlying data for March has not changed, the baseline has shifted, and therefore the September index values have changed.
 
Marc Fusrao, Ph.D.
Marc Fusaro, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics

3rd Quarter Insights

 

The greatest strength for Bentonville and Rogers in the third quarter is the housing market with index values above 110.  This is due primarily to strong housing sales in Washington county totaling 1548 for the quarter.  In addition retail was a strong sector for Rogers in the third quarter and for Bentonville in September.  Bentonville also continues to see strength in residential construction permits with $41 million during the quarter.  Bentonville’s September reading of 109.01 was up 2.59 from June making it the largest gainer in the three months of the third quarter.  Responsible for this jump are double digit increases in both the ATBI retail and residential component indecies.  This is on the strength of retail gains of $760 thousand and a residential permit increase of $4.1 million.

 

Once high flying Fort Smith saw the largest decline from June to September with a drop from 103.72 to 100.28.  Primarily responsible for this drop was a fall in retail from an exceptional 123.76 to still strong 106.85 on a drop from retail sales of $3.7 million in June to $2.5 million in September.


 

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