Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2019 to 3.7%. 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 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
Arkansas 3.7% 0.0 -0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Arkansas, National

Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arkansas peaked in March 2011 at 115,811. There are now 65,293 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 49,023 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,495. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 50,518 +820 -483

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arkansas from 1990 to January 2019

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8%
January 2019 4.0% 3.7% 50,518
December 2018 3.9% 3.7% 49,698
November 2018 3.7% 3.7% 49,681
October 2018 3.8% 3.7% 49,532
September 2018 3.7% 3.6% 49,281
August 2018 3.8% 3.6% 49,101
July 2018 3.9% 3.6% 49,155
June 2018 4.0% 3.7% 49,473
May 2018 3.8% 3.7% 49,968
April 2018 3.9% 3.7% 50,487
March 2018 4.0% 3.8% 50,882