Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2014 to 6.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Arkansas peaked in December 2010 at 8.1% and is now 1.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in July 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.1 -1.1
Arkansas 6.3% +0.1 -1.4

Unemployment Rate: Arkansas, National

Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arkansas peaked in July 2011 at 109,184. There are now 27,357 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 81,094 in July 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 733. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 81,827 +733 -20,180

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arkansas from 1990 to August 2014

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
August 2014 6.1% 6.3% 81,827
July 2014 6.2% 6.2% 81,094
June 2014 6.1% 6.3% 81,657
May 2014 6.3% 6.4% 84,194
April 2014 6.3% 6.6% 86,761
March 2014 6.7% 6.9% 91,773
February 2014 6.7% 7.1% 94,110
January 2014 6.6% 7.3% 96,952
December 2013 6.7% 7.4% 98,484
November 2013 7.0% 7.5% 99,546
October 2013 7.2% 7.6% 100,576
September 2013 7.2% 7.7% 101,478
August 2013 7.2% 7.7% 102,007