Enjoy a recap of some of our favorite stories and headlines of 2022!
NW Arkansas Ranks No. 3 Hottest U.S. Job Market (Metro Areas Under 1M Population) - WSJ
The Northwest Arkansas metro area was ranked the third hottest job market, according to The Wall Street Journal’s annual rankings based on Moody’s Analytics analysis of Labor Department data. Annual labor-market ratings judge metro areas on five attributes: job growth, unemployment rate, share of adults working or looking for work, change in the size of the labor force, and change in average weekly wages.
Honorable mention: Northwest Arkansas ranked no. 21 out of the top 25 most dynamic metros in the U.S. according to the Heartland Forward Most Dynamic Metros report released earlier this year. Researchers looked at wage, employment and GDP growth, as well as the average income of each metro.
Health and Wellness
Northwest Arkansas Health Care Transformation
This year, Northwest Arkansas made significant progress in its collective effort to become a top destination for health care. Here are a few of the 2022 headlines that caught our eye:
- The Alice L. Walton Foundation and Washington Regional Medical System announced plans to create a regional health system in partnership with the help of the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Learn more
- Mercy Northwest Arkansas, one of the region’s largest health care systems, announced it will invest $500 million over the coming years to expand its services and create new jobs, which will include a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center and expansions to the emergency department and urgent care. Learn more
- The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Washington Regional Medical Center opened applications for a new medical residency program, the first in the region in years. Learn more
- The Alice L. Walton School of Medicine announced the next steps in its development of a state-of-the-art medical education facility in Bentonville. Learn more
- Our Healthy Alliance, a collaboration between community groups, Benton County, and the University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences, launched a health equity initiative to connect local Marshallese and Hispanic communities to health care services, information and resources. Learn more
- Upskill NWA, a program that provides financial and social assistance to people looking to upskill into higher-paying careers in the region’s medical industry, held graduations for its first round of participants. Learn more