Jobless level in state edges down to 4.5%

Arkansas’ jobless rate continued to improve in February, dipping to 4.5% for the 10th-consecutive monthly decline since spiking to double digits in April. The state unemployment rate is inching closer to the 3.8% registered in February 2020 before the pandemic ravaged the economy. The Department of Workforce Services said Friday that unemployment fell from 4.6% […]

State jobless rate hit 4.2% last month; Arkansas’ figure 9th-lowest in U.S.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped more than 2 percentage points in December to 4.2%, the second-best improvement in the nation, bringing the state much closer to pre-pandemic jobless figures. The December 2019 state jobless rate was 3.5%. The improvement also gives Arkansas the nation’s ninth-lowest unemployment rate, according to a national organization that monitors jobless figures. Statewide […]

Arkansas Unemployment: Metro vs. Rural Areas

The unemployment rate in Arkansas moved up slightly in August, to 7.4%, as it did in six of the state’s eight metro areas. Only Fort Smith and Texarkana posted declines between July and August. The “unemployment statistics seem to suggest that non-metro parts of the state showed relative improvement in August,” the state’s economic forecaster, […]