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...

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...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – August 2023

Unemployment rates in Arkansas metropolitan areas ticked slightly higher in August, following the statewide uptick of 0.1 percentage points to 2.7%.  Rates in Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Little Rock and Pint Bluff matched the statewide increase and Fort Smith increased by...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – April 2023

Arkansas’ unemployment rate fell to a new all-time low of 2.9% in April. Unemployment rates in the state’s metropolitan areas generally followed suit. Using the Smoothed Seasonally-Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates (which date back to January 1990), new...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – March 2023

New data for metro area employment and unemployment came out this week, including newly revised data from the household survey.  The revisions had minor effects on unemployment rates. As shown in the first two columns of the table below, unemployment rates were...

Metro Area Employment and Unemployment – January 2023

New and revised data on metropolitan area employment and unemployment were released this morning from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As was the case with the state-level data earlier this week, data from both the household and payroll surveys were subject to annual...
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