Arkansas March Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 7.2 Percent

by Lance Turner  on Friday, Apr. 19, 2013 10:38 am  

Arkansas' March unemployment rate remained unchanged from the previous month, holding at 7.2 percent, according to a report Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

"Arkansas' unemployment rate remained at 7.2 percent for the second consecutive month," DWS Communications Director Kimberly Friedman said in a news release. "While the number of employed declined, the decrease was not enough to impact the unemployment rate."

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The department said Arkansas' civilian labor force declined by 7,600, a result of 7,600 fewer employed Arkansans.

During the same time, the United States' jobless rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point, from 7.7 percent in February to 7.6 percent in March. 

Year over year, the state's job picture looks like this:

  • Nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas rose by 3,200.
  • Four major industry sectors posted gains, more than offsetting declines in six sectors. One major sector remained the same.
  • Jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities increased by 9,500. Mostly growth occurred in retail trade, up by 6,400, and transportation, warehousing and utilities, up by 2,800.
  • Educational and health services added 3,500 jobs. Health care and social assistance reported a majority of the increase, up by 2,800), mostly in ambulatory health care, up by 1,600.
  • Employment in construction declined by 2,900, "partially a result of large project completions." 
  • Leisure and hospitality decreased by 2,000, with a majority of the loss reported in accommodation and food services, down by 1,900.



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