Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2018 to 3.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Arkansas peaked in January 2011 at 8.5% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in February 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
Arkansas 3.6% -0.1 -0.1

Note: All comparisons are made with August data as September state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Arkansas, National

Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arkansas peaked in March 2011 at 115,811. There are now 67,680 fewer people unemployed in the state. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 48,131 -1,419 -2,256

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arkansas from 1990 to August 2018

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
September 2018 3.7%
August 2018 3.9% 3.6% 48,131
July 2018 3.9% 3.7% 49,550
June 2018 4.0% 3.8% 50,856
May 2018 3.8% 3.8% 51,248
April 2018 3.9% 3.8% 51,643
March 2018 4.1% 3.8% 51,351
February 2018 4.1% 3.8% 50,803
January 2018 4.1% 3.7% 50,773
December 2017 4.1% 3.7% 50,413
November 2017 4.1% 3.7% 50,451
October 2017 4.1% 3.7% 50,504