Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2017 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 5.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Arkansas 3.4% -0.1 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: Arkansas, National

Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 68,259 fewer people unemployed in the state. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 46,633 -1,065 -7,843

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
May 2017 4.3% 3.4% 46,633
April 2017 4.4% 3.5% 47,698
March 2017 4.5% 3.6% 48,608
February 2017 4.7% 3.7% 49,849
January 2017 4.8% 3.8% 50,693
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