Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 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 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Arkansas 4.4% 0.0 -4.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Arkansas, National

Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arkansas peaked in April 2020 at 137,367. There are now 78,289 fewer people unemployed in the state. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 59,078 -762 -55,657

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arkansas from 1990 to May 2021

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 4.4% 59,078
April 2021 6.1% 4.4% 59,840
March 2021 6.0% 4.4% 60,184
February 2021 6.2% 4.5% 61,606
January 2021 6.3% 4.6% 63,524
December 2020 6.7% 4.9% 67,171
November 2020 6.7% 5.3% 70,215
October 2020 6.9% 5.6% 74,007
September 2020 7.8% 5.9% 79,430
August 2020 8.4% 6.5% 86,531
July 2020 10.2% 7.1% 95,211