Arkansas Pecking Order

No single industry has brought more jobs to Bill Clinton's Arkansas than poultry. But most of those jobs are not worth crowing about.

IN TOUTING HIS ECOnomic credentials, Bill Clinton boasts that more than 200,000 jobs were created in Arkansas since he first became Governor in 1978. The claim is rightful -- his state is currently No. 1 in job creation. Yet there is a downside to the Arkansas success story. As many as 20% of those new jobs were generated by just one industry: poultry. Big Chicken has become to Arkansas what microchips are to Silicon Valley and autos to Detroit. Arkansas produces 1 billion broilers a year, more than any other state. Poultry is by far the state's dominant employer, providing support...

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