State Jobless Rate Unchanged at 3.2% In June


Arkansas' unemployment rate remained at 3.2% in June, the state Division of Workforce Services reported late last week.

Arkansas' civilian labor force increased by 2,738, a result of 2,050 more employed and 688 additional unemployed Arkansans.

The U.S. jobless rate also didn’t change from May to June, remaining at 3.6%.

Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 38,500 in June to 1.31 million. Gains were posted in eight major industry sectors:

  • Jobs in trade, transportation and utilities increased by 12,500, with growth in transportation-warehousing-utilities (+8,100) and wholesale trade (+5,400) reported.

  • Manufacturing added 7,400 jobs, with expansions in both subsectors.

  • Leisure and hospitality jobs rose by 6,400, mostly in accommodation and food services (+5,600).

  • Jobs in professional and business services increased by 4,100, where gains in management of companies (+5,900) more than offset losses in administrative and support services (-2,700).

  • Educational and health services gained 3,800 jobs.

  • Government jobs rose by 2,700.

  • Financial activities added 2,400 jobs. 

  • Information jobs rose by 1,400.

The biggest job losses were seen by the other services sector (-1,300).

There were 35,117 more Arkansans employed in June than in the same month a year ago. 

Read the full report here.