Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2014 to 7.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Arkansas peaked in December 2010 at 8.1% and is now 1.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Arkansas 7.1% -0.2 -0.4

Note: All comparisons are made with February data as March state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Arkansas, National

Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arkansas peaked in July 2011 at 109,184. There are now 15,125 fewer people unemployed in the state. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 94,059 -2,893 -4,942

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arkansas from 1990 to February 2014

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7%
February 2014 6.7% 7.1% 94,059
January 2014 6.6% 7.3% 96,952
December 2013 6.7% 7.4% 98,484
November 2013 7.0% 7.5% 99,546
October 2013 7.2% 7.6% 100,576
September 2013 7.2% 7.7% 101,478
August 2013 7.2% 7.7% 102,007
July 2013 7.3% 7.7% 101,775
June 2013 7.5% 7.6% 100,828
May 2013 7.5% 7.5% 99,725
April 2013 7.5% 7.5% 98,962
March 2013 7.5% 7.4% 98,774