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Metroplan: Populations Growing in Faulkner, Saline Counties

A 2013 demographic review and outlook also shows modest growth in unemployment, construction sector, and housing market.
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) - Metroplan announces the release of the 2013 Demographic Review and Outlook, chronicling demographic and workforce trends for the Little Rock-North Little Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The 2013 edition focuses on the workforce in transition in today’s economy. Additional highlights from the publication include:
  1. Central Arkansas experiences population growth across the region with Faulkner and Saline Counties leading the region with annual population growth estimates of 2% and 1.9%.
  2. The manufacturing industry is guiding the U.S. economy out of the recession due to more expensive international freight transport costs, rising labor costs overseas, and cheaper domestic energy.
  3. After a small spike in single-family permits in late 2012, single-family permits have slowed down in the first quarter of 2013. Jacksonville saw the most growth with 55 units in construction at Base Meadows within Little Rock Air Force Base in July 2012. Multi-family construction continued upward through 2012 and early 2013 with the greatest issue of permits in North Little Rock with 488 units.
  4. Automation continues to replace human employees. The future of work is depending on “hyper-human” tasks such as emotional skills, intuition, imagination, and development of insights and hypotheses.
  5. Other articles include:
  • Here Come the Millennials
  • The Diminishing Middle
  • Women and Work in Central Arkansas
  • Demographic Outlook 2013
Click here to read the full publication.

Metroplan publishes Metrotrends twice yearly. The spring edition is the Demographic Review and Outlook; the fall edition is the Economic Review and Outlook. All articles, tables and figures are available for republishing with credit. Further information on this issue may be obtained in the new 2013 Demographic Review and Outlook, available as a PDF or paper copy from Metroplan.

Metroplan is the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for the four-county region of Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski and Saline counties. It is a voluntary association of local governments that has operated since 1955.
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