by Mark Carter
Posted 4/9/2014 09:11 am
Updated 4 months ago
Unemployment rates dropped year over year in all seven Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to data released Wednesday.
The information represents February 2013 through February of this year, and the overall state jobless rate fell to 7.5 percent from 8.2 percent.
View the numbers here (PDF).
The Arkansas metros surveyed by the bureau are Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Jonesboro and Pine Bluff. The jobless rate fell in each from February 2013 to February 2014.
Fayetteville has the lowest unemployment rate as of February 2014 at 5.6 percent, while Fort Smith experienced the biggest decline in the percentage of the labor force that is unemployed, coming in at 7.4 percent this year following an 8.8 percent rate in February 2013.
A look at the Arkansas metro numbers:
- Fayetteville - 5.6 percent, down from 6.1
- Little Rock - 6.7 percent, down from 7.3
- Jonesboro - 7.1 percent, down from 7.6
- Texarkana - 7.2 percent, down from 7.3
- Fort Smith - 7.4 percent, down from 8.8
- Hot Springs - 7.7 percent, down from 8.5
- Pine Bluff - 10.2 percent, down from 10.4
The jobless rate in Memphis fell to 8.4 percent from 9.5 percent from February to February.