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Jonesboro, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jonesboro fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Jonesboro peaked in January 2011 at 8.1% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Jonesboro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Arkansas 3.7% +0.1 -0.3
Jonesboro 3.3% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Jonesboro, Arkansas, National

Jonesboro, Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Jonesboro, Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Jonesboro peaked in March 2011 at 4,834. There are now 2,698 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,858 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 278. Jonesboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jonesboro, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Jonesboro 2,136 +6 +29

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jonesboro, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Jonesboro
Unemployment Rate
Jonesboro
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.3% 2,136
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.3% 2,130
September
2017
4.2% 3.5% 3.2% 2,067
August
2017
4.4% 3.5% 3.2% 2,038
July
2017
4.3% 3.4% 3.0% 1,926
June
2017
4.3% 3.4% 3.0% 1,920
May
2017
4.3% 3.4% 2.9% 1,864
April
2017
4.4% 3.5% 2.9% 1,858
March
2017
4.5% 3.6% 3.0% 1,879
February
2017
4.7% 3.7% 3.1% 1,934
January
2017
4.8% 3.8% 3.1% 1,911

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.