Arkansas Unemployment Decreases to 7.3% in September

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 7.3% in September from 7.4% in August, the state Department of Workforce Services reported Tuesday.

The report said that in September Arkansas' civilian labor force decreased by 7,717.

More: See the full report here.

The U.S. jobless rate declined, going from 8.4% in August to 7.9% in September.

“Arkansas’ unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point in September. Employment and unemployment both declined slightly, as Arkansans continue to move in and out of the labor force,” BLS Program Operations Manager Susan Price said in a news release. 

Compared to September 2019, nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas are down by 46,800. Nine major industry sectors posted job losses, while two gained jobs.

  • Jobs in leisure and hospitality fell by 17,000, with the most contraction being in food services (-13,100).

  • Manufacturing declined by 16,000 jobs, mostly in durable goods manufacturing (-11,200).

  • Government lost 7,900 jobs, in local (-8,500) and state (-2,100) government.

  • Educational and health services lost 6,800 jobs, all in health care and social assistance.

  • Jobs in trade, transportation and utilities increased by 6,400.

  • Reductions also occurred in other services (-3,400) and financial activities (-1,600).

  • Construction gained 1,100 jobs, mostly in specialty trade contractors (+900).

  • Mining and logging lost 900 jobs.

  • Professional and business services lost 200 jobs, while information lost 500.