Manufacturing forms the backbone of the Paragould labor market, with major employers including Tenneco, Inc., an automotive parts manufacturer; American Railcar Inc., a manufacturer of railway tank and hopper cars; and Anchor Industries, manufacturers of plastic wrap and packaging. Employees converge on Paragould to work from surrounding counties, providing a labor force of more than 100,000 in a 45-mile radius. Average worker salary is $34,000, and almost 40 percent of the adult population has education beyond a high school diploma.
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Source: "Arkansas Labor Market," Department of Workforce Services, December 2016; "Local Area Unemployment Statistics," Missouri Economic Research & Information Center, December 2016.