Future livability score
: 33.9 (tied for 5th worst) Full-time employment
: 13th worst Job creation index
: 17th best Outlook on life in five years
: 10th best
Even though the state’s unemployment rate of 7.2% is well below the national rate of 8.2% for June, Arkansans have less confidence in the economy than residents of all other states except West Virginia. There may be good reasons for this pessimism as 18% of residents live below the poverty line, the fifth-highest proportion nationwide. Additionally, at $38,307 a year, more than $11,000 live below the median for the United States. Arkansas has the nation’s third-lowest household median income. The state is also one of the unhealthiest in the country, with the third-highest obesity rate, the fourth-highest smoking rate and the second-lowest proportion of people who visited a dentist in the past 12 months.
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