Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.2%. 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 10.8% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Arkansas 6.2% 0.0 +2.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Arkansas, National

Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arkansas peaked in April 2020 at 140,898. There are now 58,038 fewer people unemployed in the state. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 82,860 -179 +34,670

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 6.2% 82,860
October 2020 6.9% 6.2% 83,039
September 2020 7.8% 7.2% 97,320
August 2020 8.4% 7.4% 99,517
July 2020 10.2% 7.1% 92,976
June 2020 11.1% 8.1% 106,405
May 2020 13.3% 9.6% 129,260
April 2020 14.8% 10.8% 140,898
March 2020 4.4% 5.0% 69,728
February 2020 3.5% 3.5% 47,802
January 2020 3.5% 3.5% 48,068