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 2020 to 3.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 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 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in March 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Arkansas 3.5% 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 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arkansas peaked in March 2011 at 115,811. There are now 67,745 fewer people unemployed in the state. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 48,066 -120 -720

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arkansas from 1990 to January 2020

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 3.5% 48,066
December 2019 3.5% 3.5% 48,186
November 2019 3.5% 3.5% 48,190
October 2019 3.6% 3.5% 48,278
September 2019 3.5% 3.6% 48,450
August 2019 3.7% 3.6% 48,570
July 2019 3.7% 3.6% 48,529
June 2019 3.7% 3.6% 48,367
May 2019 3.6% 3.5% 48,219
April 2019 3.6% 3.5% 48,175
March 2019 3.8% 3.5% 48,269