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Arkansas' unemployment rate falls to 4% in September

According to a report released Friday by the state Division of Workforce Services, Arkansas' unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point from August to September, to 4 percent.

According to the report, Arkansas' civilian labor force increased by a net 594 as a result of 3,561 more employed Arkansans and 2,967 fewer unemployed Arkansans. The unemployment rate in the United States was 4.8 percent in September, down four-tenths of a percentage point from August.

BLS Program Operations Manager Susan Price said, “Arkansas’ unemployment rate declined for the third month in a row to 4.0 percent in September, remaining below the national rate of 4.8 percent. Approximately 3,561 Arkansans became employed this month and 45,532 more are employed now compared to September 2020.”

Arkansas' nonfarm payroll jobs are up 34,000 from September 2020. Growth was reported in nine major industry sectors:

  • Professional and business services jobs increased by 10,000.

  • Manufacturing added 7,400 jobs. Hiring in durable goods (11,100) was offset by contractions in nondurable goods (3,700).

  • Trade, transportation and utilities jobs increased by 6,400.

  • Leisure and hospitality added 6,200 jobs, with the most gains being in accommodation and food services (4,100).

  • Financial activities added 4,000 jobs, mostly in finance and insurance (3,600).

  • Other services added 3,100 jobs.

  • Educational and health services added 1,400 jobs.

  • Information added 900 jobs.

  • Mining and logging added 200 jobs.

  • Government lost 4,800 jobs, in both federal (2,600) and local (2,500) government.

  • Construction lost 800 jobs.

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