Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Arkansas 3.9% -0.1 -0.8

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 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arkansas peaked in February 2011 at 114,892. There are now 62,599 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 51,945 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 348. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 52,293 -1,345 -11,211

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arkansas from 1990 to December 2016

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 3.9% 52,293
November 2016 4.6% 4.0% 53,638
October 2016 4.8% 4.0% 54,650
September 2016 4.9% 4.0% 54,927
August 2016 4.9% 3.9% 53,304
July 2016 4.9% 3.9% 52,903
June 2016 4.9% 3.9% 52,439
May 2016 4.7% 3.8% 51,945
April 2016 5.0% 3.9% 52,800
March 2016 5.0% 4.1% 55,132
February 2016 4.9% 4.2% 57,314