Pine Bluff serves as the primary trade center for southeastern Arkansas. Agriculture is still a primary factor for Pine Bluff's economy. The significant agriculture products includes soybeans, cotton, rice, cattle, catfish, timber and poultry. The economy's other primary industries include cottonseed oil production, cotton processing, wire products manufacturing, paper and wood products, metal fabrication, the manufacturing of electric transformers and poultry processing.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff bolsters employment in the city with its business incubator located downtown. The major sectors for employment are healthcare, government, manufacturing, agriculture, paper making, construction and education. Pine Bluff's manufacturing sector includes a large number of manufacturing industries.
Some of the jobs that pay well in Pine Bluff are packaging and filling, machine operators and tenders, security guards, production workers, maintenance and repair workers, industrial machinery mechanics, managers and welders, cutters, solderers and braziers.
Notable data about Pine Bluff: Approximately 8% of the workforce belongs to a union. The cost of living index in 2008 was 78.7 which is low compared to the national average of 100. Regarding the population over the age of 25, about 17% have a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2007 the median household income was approximately $32,000.
The primary employers in Pine Bluff are shown below:
- Regional Medical Center
- Tyson Foods
- Simmons First National Corp
- U.S. Army - Pine Bluff Arsenal; army depot
- Evergreen Packaging
- Union Pacific Railroad
- Arkansas Department of Corrections
- Jefferson Regional Medical Center Preferred Provider Organization
- Stephen L Lafrance Pharmacy Inc
- Super D Drugs Acquisition Co
- Pine Bluff School District
- Area Agency On Aging of Southeast Arkansas Inc
- Jefferson County
- Central Moloney Inc
- Davis Nursing Association
- Watson Chapel Schools
- McGeorge Contracting Co, Inc
- Washington Group International
- University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
- Walmart Supercenter
- USSA Drug Corporate/SAJ Distributors
- City of Pine Bluff
- FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research
- Arcelor Pine Bluff Inc
- Stant Manufacturing
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The Pine Bluff Commercial Online Edition includes up-to-date information about the business activities in Pine Bluff.