State Jobless Rate Steady at 7.3 Percent

The jobless rate in Arkansas remained steady at 7.3 percent, according to data released Friday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

The national unemployment rate fell from 8.3 to 8.1 percent in August.

DWS spokesperson Kimberly Friedman said reduction in both employment and unemployment reduced the size of the Arkansas labor force in August.

"This collective combination of decreases produced no change in the unemployment rate," she said. "There are still 11,000 fewer unemployed Arkansans than in August 2011."

The official civilian labor force in the state stood at 1,379,400 in August, according to DWS. Roughly 100,100 Arkansans were unemployed.

Five major industry sectors added jobs, offsetting declines in six sectors. Job gains were seen in government (plus 4,500 jobs), educational and health services (plus 1,700), and construction (plus 1,500).

The biggest decline was seen in manufacturing (minus 1,200).

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