According to U.S. Department of Labor data, Arkansas' unemployment rate remained constant in May at 4.4 percent, unchanged from April. According to the report, which was issued Monday by the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, the state's unemployment rate stayed below the national average, as it had during the epidemic.
“The state's unemployment rate remains more than a full percentage point lower than the national average,” stated Governor Asa Hutchinson. “It is also encouraging that the state had employment growth in manufacturing, hotel, and food services. Our staff is currently in transition. Some are looking for retraining opportunities, while others are delaying their return to work.
With workforce training programs available and a high demand for employees, this is a perfect time for people who left the labor field during the epidemic to transfer to a higher-skilled or higher-paying job.”