Jobless Rates Down in 3 of 6 Arkansas Metros

Unemployment rates were down or steady in four of six Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, data released Wednesday by the agency revealed. 

The unemployment rate for the state in December 2013 was up a tenth of a percentage point to 7.2 percent from the previous year. Metros whose rates fell from December 2012 to 2013 were Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, 5.1 percent to 4.9 percent; Fort Smith, 7.7 percent to 7.6 percent; and Jonesboro, 6.7 percent to 6.6 percent.

The Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metro remained steady at 6.2 percent, while the jobless rate in Hot Springs rose from 7.4 percent to 7.5 percent, and the rate is Pine Bluff increased from 9.0 percent to 9.8.

Read the full report for Arkansas here.