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3.7% is the new unemployment rate in Arkansas.



Arkansas – The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services reported on Friday that the state’s unemployment rate increased from 3.6% in October to 3.7% in November.

According to the data, there were 1,417 fewer civilian workers in Arkansas. Between October and November, the unemployment rate in the United States stayed the same at 3.7%.

“Arkansas’ unemployment rate increased to 3.7% in November, as employment and labor force participation rates continued to decline,” BLS Programs Manager Susan Price said in a news release. “Compared to November 2021, there are still 14,947 more employed in the State.”

According to the data, Arkansas saw an 18,000 increase in nonfarm payroll jobs over the past year, and eight different industry sectors also saw growth:

• Jobs in manufacturing rose by 4,600, mostly in nondurable goods manufacturing (3,100).
• Educational and health services added 4,300 jobs, with hiring in health care and social assistance (2,800) and in educational services (1,500).
• Leisure and hospitality increased by 3,900, mostly in accommodation and food services (3,700).
• Jobs in trade, transportation and utilities rose by 3,000. Gains in wholesale trade (3,100) and transportation-warehousing-utilities (2,300) were offset by losses in retail trade (2,400).
• Financial activities added 2,300 jobs.
• Government added 1,200 jobs.
• Construction posted a loss of 1,400 jobs.
• Professional and business services lost 1,000 jobs.