Arkansas Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 7.3 Percent

The Arkansas unemployment rate for June remained a steady 7.3 percent, according to data released Friday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

The state's rate continued to be below the national unemployment rate which also stayed unchanged at 7.6 percent.

Arkansas' civilian labor force declined by 1,000, with 1,700 fewer employed and an additional 700 unemployed workers.

DWS Communications Director Kimberly Friedman says the state's percentage was stable due to the employment number declining slightly, shrinking the size of the civilian labor force.

Four major industry sectors posted declines, more than offsetting gains in six sectors. One industry sector remained stable.

Leisure and hospitality scored the biggest jump in jobs with seasonal employment helping to add 1,300 from May. Government employment lost the most jobs, decreasing by 6,000 in one month. DWS says this is also a seasonal reflection with public school employment declining. Education as its own industry lost 1,100.

June's unemployment rate was identical to the percentage in June 2012. Over the past year, Arkansas' payroll employment rose 8,300. Trade, transportation and utilities saw the biggest jump in numbers since the same last year, adding 11,300 jobs. That number includes 8,700 jobs added in the retail trade.