What Was the Unemployment Rate in March?

In Friday’s post covering the March report on Arkansas employment and unemployment, we noted an anomalous implication of the data used to calculate the unemployment rate: With the number of unemployed going up by 18,526 and the number of employed rising slightly...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – March 2020

(Updated 4:55 P.M., Revised April 18, 2020) The March report on state-level employment and unemployment showed early, initial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the survey reference periods for the report predate many business and school closures that occurred...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – August 2017

Unemployment rates in Arkansas metro areas remain lower than a year earlier.  Wednesday’s news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that year-over-year changes in unemployment rates show declines in 323 of the nations 388 metropolitan areas, with...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – July 2017

July data on employment and unemployment in metropolitan areas showed that unemployment rates were lower than a year earlier in all Metro areas covering parts of Arkansas.  Year-over-year changes in not-seasonally adjusted data range from -0.3 percentage points in...

Arkansas Employment and Unemployment – July 2017

The latest report on state level employment and unemployment showed another strong month for Arkansas.  The unemployment rate remained unchanged at the very low level of 3.4%, and remains 0.9% lower than the national average.  The underlying components of the...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – June 2017

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning that unemployment rates were lower in June than a year earlier in 336 of the 388 metropolitan areas in the U.S.   All of Arkansas metro areas, except Texarkana, fell into that category.  With an unemployment rate...
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