Arkansas Jobless Rate Falls to 6.6 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Friday, May. 16, 2014 9:51 am  

The Arkansas unemployment rate for April dropped to 6.6 percent, according to data released Friday by the state's Department of Workforce Services.

The state's jobless rate fell from 6.9 percent in March. The national unemployment rate for April fell to 6.3 percent from 6.7 percent in March.

"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," said DWS communications director Becky Heflin in a press release. "There are still 12,300 fewer unemployed Arkansans than in April 2013."

Eight major industry sectors in Arkansas added jobs in April, according to the report, led by leisure and hospitality and food services. Both gains are considered typical seasonal increases for those sectors. Slight losses were felt in April in transportation, warehousing and utilities.

The full April report is available at



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