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Unemployment in Arkansas Climbs Again

July registered an increase of one-tenth of a percentage point.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Unemployment is on the rise again in the Natural State.

July jobless numbers released today by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (DWS) saw a one-tenth of a percentage point increase to 7.4-percent, up from 7.3-percent in June.

The labor force data, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics also shows Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined 4,800, a result of 4,800 fewer employed Arkansans.

Also at 7.4-percent, the United States’ jobless rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point.

“Arkansas’ unemployment rate reached 7.4-percent this month, the same rate as in July 2012. There are currently 1,700 fewer unemployed, compared to this month last year,” said DWS Program Operations Manager Bernadette Coleman.

Arkansas Nonfarm Payroll Job Summary:
  • Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll jobs decreased 13,900 in July to total 1,174,500. Six major industry sectors posted declines, more than offsetting gains in four sectors. One industry sector remained the same. Government employment fell 13,900. Losses occurred in state (-1,600) and local (-12,300) government, representing the seasonal closure of public schools and universities. Jobs in other services decreased 1,400. Employment declines were reported mostly in membership associations and organizations. Jobs in professional and business services rose 2,000. A majority of the gain was reported in professional, scientific, and technical services (+1,200), largely in architectural and engineering services. Educational and health services added 1,300 jobs. Increases in health care and social assistance (+2,500) more than offset the seasonal losses in educational services (-1,200).
  • Since July 2012, nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas rose 14,900. Five major industry sectors added jobs, while six sectors posted declines. Trade, transportation, and utilities enjoyed the largest increase (+10,700). A majority of the growth occurred in retail trade (+7,300). Jobs in educational and health services rose 7,000. Gains were reported in health care and social assistance (+4,400) and in educational services (+2,600). Professional and business services added 2,100 jobs. Professional, scientific, and technical services reported a majority of the increase (+1,700). Employment in other services decreased 1,800. A majority of the loss was reported in membership associations and organizations. Jobs in manufacturing declined 1,600. Growth in durable goods manufacturing (+800) partially offset the losses in nondurable goods manufacturing (-2,400).
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