Arkansas April Unemployment Rate Falls

LITTLE ROCK, AR - April unemployment in Arkansas dropped to 6.6 percent.

That's according to labor force data produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and released today by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (DWS).

The numbers show the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point, from 6.9 percent in March.

Arkansas’ civilian labor force decreased 8,300, a result of 5,100 fewer unemployed and 3,200 less employed Arkansans. Reaching 6.3 percent, the United States’ jobless rate declined four-tenths of a percentage point in April. 

Reaching 6.3 percent, the United States’ jobless rate declined four-tenths of a percentage point in April.

“Arkansas’ unemployment rate decline in April is related in part to the decrease in the number of unemployed and a decline in the size of the civilian labor force. There are still 12,300 fewer unemployed Arkansans than in April 2013,” said DWS Communications Director Becky Heflin.

Arkansas Nonfarm Payroll Job Summary
Nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas increased 6,100 in April to total 1,194,300. Eight major industry sectors added jobs, while one sector declined and two were unchanged. Employment in leisure and hospitality rose 2,800. Gains occurred mostly in accommodation and food services (+2,000), a typical seasonal increase. Trade, transportation, and utilities added 1,200 jobs. Seasonal hiring in retail trade (+1,400) offset losses in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (-600).

Since April 2013, Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll employment rose 11,600. Seven major industry sectors posted gains, while three reported minor declines. One industry sector remained the same. Leisure and hospitality added 3,700 jobs. A majority of the increase occurred in food services (+2,800). Jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities rose 3,200. Most of the growth was posted in retail trade (+2,200), related in part to reported hiring in building material and supplies dealers. Construction added 1,800 jobs, mostly in specialty trade contractors (+1,400). Employment in educational and health services increased 1,800. Health care and social assistance reported a majority of the growth (+1,500). Jobs in manufacturing rose 1,700. A majority of the additions were in durable goods manufacturing (+1,400), with some reported expansions in transportation equipment manufacturing.

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