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 2016 to 3.8%. 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 4.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Arkansas 3.8% -0.1 -1.6

Unemployment Rate: Arkansas, National

Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 63,119 fewer people unemployed in the state. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 51,773 -1,027 -20,090

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
May 2016 4.7% 3.8% 51,773
April 2016 5.0% 3.9% 52,800
March 2016 5.0% 4.1% 55,132
February 2016 4.9% 4.2% 57,314
January 2016 4.9% 4.4% 59,513
December 2015 5.0% 4.7% 63,504
November 2015 5.0% 4.8% 64,178
October 2015 5.0% 4.9% 65,111
September 2015 5.1% 5.0% 66,202
August 2015 5.1% 5.1% 67,487
July 2015 5.3% 5.2% 68,990
June 2015 5.3% 5.3% 70,536