The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services said Friday that Arkansas' unemployment rate decreased oneÃ¢tenth of a percentage point, from 4.6% in January to 4.5% in February.
The decline came as the civilian labor force declined by 12,775, a result of 10,820 fewer employed and 1,955 fewer unemployed Arkansans.
The U.S. jobless rate also decreased oneÃ¢tenth of a percentage point, down to 6.2% in February.
"The unemployment rate in Arkansas decreased oneÃ¢tenth of a percentage point in February, due to a decline in the size of the civilian labor force," BLS Program Operations Manager Susan Price said in a news release. "While still up compared to February 2020, Arkansas' jobless rate is one and sevenÃ¢tenths of a percentage point lower than the national rate."
Compared to February 2020, nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas are down by 41,500. Declines occurred in 10 major industry sectors.
- Employment in leisure and hospitality fell by 15,400 — most of it in food services (11,500).
- Jobs in government decreased by 8,500, with local government posting the largest decline (6,100).
- Educational and health services lost 7,600 jobs mostly in health care and social assistance (7,000).
- Jobs in manufacturing are down by 4,400, largely in nondurable goods manufacturing (4,100).
- Professional and business services job were down by 3,000, information job were down by 1,200 and financial activities were down by 1,000.
- Jobs in construction rose by 600.