Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – August 2020

The state-level employment report for August had mixed news for Arkansas.  The headline was an unexpected increase in the unemployment rate, from 7.1% to 7.4%.  The U.S. unemployment rate had been reported as declining from 10.2% to 8.4% in August, and Arkansas was...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – July 2020

The July report on metro area employment and unemployment that came out this morning showed continued improvement in Arkansas labor markets following the pandemic-related downturn in March and April. Payroll employment increased from June to July in six of...

Unemployment Insurance Claims – Update

The latest weekly data on unemployment insurance claims shows a significant decline in Arkansas jobless claims over the past three weeks.   During the week ending August 22, the preliminary estimate for new claims in Arkansas was 5,225, down from a weekly average of...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – June 2020

The June employment report for metropolitan areas showed a continuing rebound from the job losses of March and April.  The table below showed revisions to the nonfarm payroll employment data for May, along with the new numbers for June.  The May revisions showed...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – June 2020

The state employment report for June showed continued recovery from the sharp job losses registered in April during the peak of pandemic-related economic shutdowns.  The Arkansas unemployment rate dropped from a revised 9.6% in May to 8.0% in June.  The national...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – May 2020

The May employment report for metropolitan areas showed slight employment gains in all of Arkansas’ metro areas, offsetting a portion of the sharp declines in April.  The table below showed revisions to the nonfarm payroll employment data for April along with...
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