Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas fell 0.0 percentage points in July 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. From a post peak low of 3.4% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.6
Arkansas 3.4% 0.0 -0.6

Unemployment Rate: Arkansas, National

Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 68,395 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 46,387 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 110. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 46,497 +110 -7,900

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
July 2017 4.3% 3.4% 46,497
June 2017 4.4% 3.4% 46,387
May 2017 4.3% 3.4% 46,626
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