Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Arkansas peaked in January 2011 at 8.4% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Arkansas 3.8% -0.1 -0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Arkansas, National

Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arkansas peaked in February 2011 at 114,892. There are now 64,211 fewer people unemployed in the state. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 50,681 -2,098 -6,010

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arkansas from 1990 to January 2017

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 3.8% 50,681
December 2016 4.7% 3.9% 52,779
November 2016 4.6% 4.0% 53,168
October 2016 4.8% 4.0% 53,565
September 2016 4.9% 4.0% 53,944
August 2016 4.9% 4.0% 54,232
July 2016 4.9% 4.0% 54,397
June 2016 4.9% 4.1% 54,455
May 2016 4.7% 4.1% 54,476
April 2016 5.0% 4.1% 54,596
March 2016 5.0% 4.1% 54,963