Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2015 to 5.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 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 2.9 percentage points lower. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% -0.2 -1.2
Arkansas 5.5% -0.1 -1.0

Unemployment Rate: Arkansas, National

Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 40,844 fewer people unemployed in the state. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 73,515 -858 -10,309

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
February 2015 5.5% 5.5% 73,515
January 2015 5.7% 5.6% 74,373
December 2014 5.6% 5.7% 74,294
November 2014 5.8% 5.7% 74,799
October 2014 5.7% 5.8% 75,467
September 2014 5.9% 5.8% 76,204
August 2014 6.1% 5.9% 76,964
July 2014 6.2% 6.0% 77,802
June 2014 6.1% 6.1% 78,743
May 2014 6.3% 6.2% 79,787
April 2014 6.2% 6.3% 80,942
March 2014 6.6% 6.4% 82,269