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Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Little Rock rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Little Rock peaked in January 2011 at 7.4% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Little Rock 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
Little Rock 3.4% +0.1 -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: Little Rock, Arkansas, National

Little Rock, Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Little Rock, Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Little Rock peaked in February 2011 at 25,815. There are now 13,618 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,642 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,555. Little Rock employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Little Rock, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Little Rock 12,197 +239 -154

Number of Unemployed Persons

Little Rock, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.4% 12,197
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.3% 11,958
September
2017
4.2% 3.5% 3.2% 11,479
August
2017
4.4% 3.5% 3.1% 11,127
July
2017
4.3% 3.4% 3.0% 10,659
June
2017
4.3% 3.4% 3.0% 10,642
May
2017
4.3% 3.4% 3.0% 10,650
April
2017
4.4% 3.5% 3.1% 10,892
March
2017
4.5% 3.6% 3.3% 11,473
February
2017
4.7% 3.7% 3.4% 11,899
January
2017
4.8% 3.8% 3.4% 11,714

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.