Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2022 to 3.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Arkansas peaked in April 2020 at 10.0% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in February 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Arkansas 3.1% 0.0 -1.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Arkansas, National

Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arkansas peaked in April 2020 at 138,550. There are now 97,108 fewer people unemployed in the state. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 41,442 -747 -20,481

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arkansas from 1990 to March 2022

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
April 2022 3.6%
March 2022 3.6% 3.1% 41,442
February 2022 3.8% 3.1% 42,189
January 2022 4.0% 3.2% 42,610
December 2021 3.9% 3.3% 43,577
November 2021 4.2% 3.3% 43,941
October 2021 4.6% 3.4% 44,895
September 2021 4.7% 3.5% 46,988
August 2021 5.2% 3.8% 50,090
July 2021 5.4% 4.0% 53,155
June 2021 5.9% 4.2% 56,375
May 2021 5.8% 4.4% 58,102