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Pine Bluff, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pine Bluff rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Pine Bluff peaked in February 2011 at 10.9% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in July 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Pine Bluff 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
Pine Bluff 5.1% +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: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, National

Pine Bluff, Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Pine Bluff, Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pine Bluff peaked in March 2011 at 4,612. There are now 2,788 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,639 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 185. Pine Bluff employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Pine Bluff 1,824 +15 -44

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pine Bluff, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Pine Bluff
Unemployment Rate
Pine Bluff
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.7% 5.1% 1,824
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 5.0% 1,809
September
2017
4.2% 3.5% 4.8% 1,732
August
2017
4.4% 3.5% 4.7% 1,682
July
2017
4.3% 3.4% 4.5% 1,639
June
2017
4.3% 3.4% 4.7% 1,678
May
2017
4.3% 3.4% 4.6% 1,668
April
2017
4.4% 3.5% 4.8% 1,726
March
2017
4.5% 3.6% 5.1% 1,819
February
2017
4.7% 3.7% 5.1% 1,807
January
2017
4.8% 3.8% 4.8% 1,715

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.