Department of Numbers

Arkansas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arkansas rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2022 to 3.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Arkansas peaked in April 2020 at 10.0% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in February 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Arkansas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Arkansas 3.7% +0.1 +0.4

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 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 89,145 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 41,456 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,949. Arkansas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Arkansas 49,405 +875 +5,464

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployed
December 2022 3.5%
November 2022 3.6% 3.7% 49,405
October 2022 3.7% 3.6% 48,530
September 2022 3.5% 3.5% 47,426
August 2022 3.7% 3.4% 45,636
July 2022 3.5% 3.3% 44,613
June 2022 3.6% 3.2% 43,474
May 2022 3.6% 3.2% 42,770
April 2022 3.6% 3.2% 42,593
March 2022 3.6% 3.1% 41,456
February 2022 3.8% 3.1% 42,189
January 2022 4.0% 3.2% 42,610