Arkansas Unemployment Unchanged at 3.6% in December

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Arkansas’ unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in December, unchanged from November, the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services reported Friday.

The U.S. jobless rate, at 3.5 percent, was also unchanged from the preceding month. 

“The number of employed Arkansans rose for the third month in a row, to 1,319,789. The December jobless rate remains stable, and reflects the trend seen at the national level,” BLS Program Operations Manager Susan Price said in a news release. 

Compared to December 2018, nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas are up by 18,700. Eight major industry sectors posted growth, with five adding 2,000 or more jobs, each. 

  • Jobs in educational and health services were up by 6,000, with most of the expansion in health care and social assistance. 

  • Professional and business services added 5,000 jobs.

  • Jobs in trade-transportation-utilities were up by 2,900, with most of the gains being in wholesale trade.

  • Employment in leisure and hospitality rose by 2,600, mostly in food services.

  • Jobs in construction increased by 2,000.

Jobs in manufacturing also increased, by 800. Other expansions include financial activities (200) and other services (200). 

But information lost 400 jobs, government lost 400 jobs, and mining and logging lost 200 jobs.