Thousands of New Jobs Planned for NWA

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — Employers in Northwest Arkansas are expected to add nearly 2,500 jobs over the next three years.

Employers also plan to spend $747 million on expansions in the next three years. That’s the highest since 2012. 

The survey says that employers think highly of our economy and the stability. 

Employers reported recruiting and retaining talent as the top challenge they face 

“The other piece of that is recruiting mid-career professionals, folks just out of college come from somewhere else come into the region and you don’t want them stay for two or three years and then leaving,” said Mike Harvey, chief operating officer for NWA Council. “That’s been somewhat of a challenge with certain groups of folks.”

Expanding workforce training and making sure certifications are still relevant in the workforce today are some of the ways the council and lawmakers have kept workers here in the natural state .  

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