Arkansas' January Jobless Rate Unchanged at 3.4%

Arkansas' January Jobless Rate Unchanged at 3.4%
A chart from the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services shows job sector changes from January 2022 to January 2023. (Arkansas Division of Workforce Services)

Arkansas' unemployment rate remained unchanged in January at 3.4%, the state Division of Workforce Services reported Monday.

The report showed the state's civilian labor force rose by 478 from December. The labor force rose by 11,599 since January 2022, the report said, with a labor force participation rate of 57.4%.

The U.S. jobless rate declined to 3.4% in January, down from 3.5% in December.

Compared with January 2022, nonfarm payroll jobs are up by 42,700, the report said. 

The largest gains were in: 

  • trade, transportation and utilities, up by 10,900;
  • private education and health services, up by 7,500;
  • leisure and hospitality, up by 6,700; and 
  • manufacturing, up by 6,100.

Only one sector reported a decline, mining and logging, down by 300.