The Return of the Friday Week In Review

Last week. Photo by @kthvdirector

Last week. Photo by @kthvdirector

It’s Friday! It’s time to get back down to business and take a look back at the week that was, when we so much younger, more innocent, so full of life. So without further ado:

Speaker of the House Robbie Wills packed his bags for Taiwan. But not before enjoying a tasty lunch at Copper Grill with a room full of lonely misfit bloggers.

David Kinkake is so convinced French Hill is running that he left this post at the top of his blog for three days! That, or his next Photoshopped Rutherford pic is going to be one helluva an intricate masterpiece.

Also: We too ask, Why?

This crazy bastard terrorized half the state. Of course it ended in gunfire and tragedy.

BJ Sams passed the baton, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Sarah Palin left us speechless. And then, Peggy Noonan’s takeand Tim Griffin’s.

Little Rock’s Associated Press office is all a-Twitter. Jon Gambrell signed on, too.

Zack Stovall continued to hone the hack-y art of photos with goofy captions on them, but not before ruminating on Obama, overexposure, and the political implications of lining up with a dead man — who happens to be Michael Jackson.

It was our country’s birthday.

Jeff Hankins played Steve Barnes in this latest edition of “Arkansas Week,” causing havoc at AETN with his outrageous dressing room demands.

The Simpsons continue to be more relevant than ever.

Some British comedian got a room full of rasslin’ fans in Fort Smith drunk, took advantage of them, and filmed the whole thing.

Ms. Adverthinker spent a weekend without TV and lived to tell the tale, God bless ‘er.

Also

Carly and I discovered ShakeIt Photo

Film critic Matt Zoller Seitz began an excellent multi-part video essay on the films of Michael Mann.

This annoyed Blake.

Almost 1,000.

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Pondering Arkansas’ Puzzling Jobs Picture

Earlier this afternoon, I did a quick interview with KFSM-TV, Channel 5, in northwest Arkansas, the local CBS affiliate, on the region’s jobs outlook and the puzzlement over some metropolitan unemployment numbers ArkansasBusiness.com and others reported on Tuesday.

According to the unemployment story, by ArkansasBusiness.com reporter Mark Hengel

Arkansas’ six metropolitan areas once again have shown better year-over-year employment statistics than the rest of the nation.

For the second month in a row, Jonesboro’s unemployment rate fell more than any area in the nation.

The city’s unemployment rate in October clocked in at 4.3 percent, compared with 4.9 percent for the same period a year ago. In all, five of Arkansas’ metropolitan areas fell in October when compared with the October 2007 numbers, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data (PDF).

This raised eyebrows among many, considering all we’re hearing about recession and job cuts (particularly the loss of 350,000 jobs nationwide coming Friday). It seems especially unbelievable in Fort Smith, which has been rocked by numerous layoff announcements, including two today.

The biggest of those has been Whirlpool, which announced in September that it will lay off 700 of its 2,100 workers beginning in November. Others announcing layoffs include Riverside Furniture (250 by January) and Jarden Process Solutions (93 also by January).

So why these numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that show sunny times in Arkansas? We think it over after the jump.

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