Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – November 2022

Data on labor markets showed deteriorating conditions in November:  Unemployment continued its upward creep, while both household and payroll surveys showed employment contractions. The unemployment rate ticked up from 3.6% to 3.7%, matching the national unemployment...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – October 2022

The Arkansas unemployment rate increased another 0.1 percentage points in October rising from 3.5% to 3.6%.  It had been previously reported that the U.S. unemployment rate rose by 0.2 to 3.7% in October. The increase in Arkansas’ unemployment rate resulted from...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – September 2022

Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage points to 3.5% in September.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics had previously reported that the U.S. unemployment rate declined .2 percentage points to 3.5% for the month.  Since the onset of the pandemic in early...

Arkansas Employment & Unemployment – August 2022

The newest reports on employment and unemployment in Arkansas indicate some signs of weakening conditions in the state’s labor markets, but payroll employment continues to expand at a healthy pace. The headline news was an increase in the unemployment rate from...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – July 2020

The latest report on metro area employment and unemployment mirrors the statewide report released two weeks ago.  Unemployment rates generally edged higher, while payroll employment surged. As shown in the figure and table below, unemployment rates were unchanged in...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – July 2022

On its surface, the latest data on Arkansas employment and unemployment might appear disappointing, but the data also point to some positive developments. The unemployment rate increased slightly, rising from 3.2% in June to 3.3% in July.  Even with the uptick, the...
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