Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 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 3.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Arkansas 4.8% -0.2 -0.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Arkansas, National

Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arkansas peaked in February 2011 at 114,359. There are now 49,811 fewer people unemployed in the state. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 64,548 -2,217 -9,746

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arkansas from 1990 to December 2015

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 4.8% 64,548
November 2015 5.0% 5.0% 66,765
October 2015 5.0% 5.1% 68,612
September 2015 5.1% 5.2% 69,810
August 2015 5.1% 5.4% 72,242
July 2015 5.3% 5.6% 74,629
June 2015 5.3% 5.7% 75,778
May 2015 5.5% 5.8% 76,945
April 2015 5.4% 5.7% 76,162
March 2015 5.5% 5.6% 74,579
February 2015 5.5% 5.6% 73,682