Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2015 to 5.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Arkansas peaked in January 2011 at 8.4% and is now 2.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.1 -0.8
Arkansas 5.7% +0.1 -0.6

Unemployment Rate: Arkansas, National

Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 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 38,301 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 73,682 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,376. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 76,058 +1,479 -4,884

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
April 2015 5.4% 5.7% 76,058
March 2015 5.5% 5.6% 74,579
February 2015 5.5% 5.6% 73,682
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