Arkansas’ April Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.7 Percent

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – The unemployment rate for Arkansas is on the rise.

The state’s jobless rate increased to 5.7 percent in April, says the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS), in a news release issued today.

The labor force data, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point, from 5.6 percent in March to 5.7 percent in April. 

Arkansas’ civilian labor force rose 4,100, a result of 2,600 more employed and 1,500 additional unemployed Arkansans. 

The United States’ jobless rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point, from 5.5 percent in March to 5.4 percent in April.

“Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point in April, with both employment and unemployment adding to the civilian labor force. The unemployment rate is still six-tenths of a percentage point lower than in April 2014,” says ADWS Program Operations Manager Susan Price. 

Arkansas Nonfarm Payroll Job Summary:
  • Nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas increased 13,700 in April to total 1,215,500. Eight major industry sectors posted gains. Leisure and hospitality added 3,100 jobs, mostly in food services (+2,200). Employment in construction rose 2,800, an expected seasonal expansion. Jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities increased 2,600. Retail trade posted a majority of the seasonal gains (+2,200). Professional and business services added 1,800 jobs. All hiring occurred in administrative and support services (+2,300), which includes employment agencies.
  • Compared to April 2014, Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll employment has increased 25,600. Growth occurred in nine major industry sectors, with five sectors adding 3,000 or more jobs, each. Employment in leisure and hospitality rose 6,700. A majority of the expansion was reported in food services (+5,700). Trade, transportation, and utilities gained 5,500 jobs, spread throughout all subsectors. Jobs in educational and health services increased 4,600. A majority of the growth was in health care and social assistance (+4,400). Professional and business services added 3,100 jobs. Administrative and support services posted most of the gains (+2,900), related in part to temporary help services. Employment in construction rose 3,000.

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