Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – August 2021

The latest report on metropolitan area employment shows ongoing improvement in Arkansas’ metro areas, with some recovering from the COVID-19 recession more rapidly than others. Five of the eight metro areas covering parts of Arkansas saw the unemployment rate...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – August 2021

The state employment report for August had no real surprises, but was generally consistent with the ongoing trend of slowly improving labor market conditions as we emerge from the COVID-19 recession. Data associated with the BLS Household survey was comparatively...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – July 2021

The statewide employment data released two weeks ago showed an ongoing slow pace of recovery in Arkansas labor markets.  The unemployment rate, for example, ticked down by less than one-tenth of a percentage point (seasonally adjusted). Newly published data for...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – July 2021

Arkansas labor markets continued their snails’-pace recovery in July. The official unemployment rate declined by one-tenth of a percent, to 4.3%, but that change was essentially within the range of rounding error. From March through July, Arkansas’...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – June 2021

The statewide employment data for June showed little change in Arkansas labor market conditions, and the newly-released data for metropolitan areas consistent with that conclusion.  On a not-seasonally adjusted basis, unemployment rates in Arkansas metro areas rose by...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – June 2021

Labor market indicators suggest that the Arkansas economy was treading water in June.  The unemployment rate was unchanged, standing at 4.4% for the fourth month in a row and payroll employment was essentially unchanged.  Arkansas’ 4.4% unemployment rate is less...
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