Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – April 2020

As anticipated, the state-level employment and unemployment report for April showed a sharp increase in unemployment and precipitous declines in employment.  The official unemployment rate rose from 5.0% (revised) to 10.2%.  Nonfarm payrolls declined by over 100,000....

Unemployment Insurance Claims – Week Ending May 2

Initial claims for unemployment insurance in Arkansas remained well above “normal” levels last week, but continue to edge lower. In the week ending May 2, there were 12,436 new claims filed, down from 17,671 (revised) the previous week. For the week ending...

Unemployment Insurance Claims – Week Ending April 25

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on the economy, the number of initial unemployment insurance claims remains elevated but has declined sharply from its peak in early April. In the week ending April 25, initial claims in Arkansas were 16,745...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – March 2020

The latest report on metro area employment shows that Arkansas’ metro areas generally followed the same pattern as the statewide statistics reported on April 17th: sharply higher unemployment and substantial declines in payroll employment. Metro area...
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