Metro Area Employment & Unemployment – December 2023

This week we received the final metro area employment report covering 2023. For the month of December, unemployment rates were generally higher across the state, while changes in payroll employment were mixed. As shown the table below, the change in unemployment rates...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – December 2023

The state employment report for December continued to show that the labor market was weakening toward the end of the year, with the unemployment rate increasing for the fifth consecutive month. From a longer-term perspective, however, the weakness toward the end of...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – November 2023

Data for November indicate further weakening of Arkansas labor markets. The unemployment rate rose 0.2 percentage points to 3.3%, and both the household and payroll surveys showed employment declines. The increase in the unemployment rate was the fourth consecutive...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – October 2023

The state employment report for October reinforces suggestions of a slight weakening of labor market conditions that were indicated by the data of the past two months. The unemployment rate increased for the third consecutive month, while employment surveys showed...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – September 2023

Mirroring the statewide report, Arkansas’ metro areas saw unemployment creep higher, with signs of slowing employment growth in some areas. Among the eight metro areas that cover parts of the state, only Texarkana saw no change in its unemployment rate.  The...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – September 2023

The September report on employment and unemployment in Arkansas suggests a slight weakening of labor market conditions. The unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points, from 2.7% in August to 2.9% in September. The national unemployment rate was 3.8% in...
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