The smoothed seasonally-adjusted unemployment rates for metro areas have been updated. The data for February show monthly declines in Fayetteville, Memphis, Pine Bluff, and Texarkana. The rate was unchanged for Fort Smith and Little Rock, and moved higher in Hot Springs and Jonesboro.
Although changes in unemployment rates were mixed for the month, rates are down sharply from their peak levels of September/October 2011. The declines have been particularly steep in Fayetteville, Memphis, Pine Bluff and Texarkana.