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PB unemployment rate increases

The Pine Bluff unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in May and is the highest among cities in Arkansas, according to information released Thursday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

Breaking Ground

Kent Hendershott of Harvey Harrington Land Leveling clears grass and topsoil Monday from a lot owned by Trotter Auto Ford. Trotter Auto Ford has received approval to build a new car dealership near Old Warren Road and Bobo Road in Pine Bluff. The property is visible from Interstate 530 at Exit 41. Construction work at the site began this week. A formal groundbreaking ceremony is currently set for July. (Pine Bluff Commercial/David Hutter)

Simmons appoints 3 board members

Simmons First National Corp. announced the appointments of Mark C. Doramus, Christopher R. “Chris” Kirkland and Joseph D. “Joe” Porter to its board of directors, according to George A. Makris Jr., chairman and chief executive officer.