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Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fayetteville rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Fayetteville peaked in April 2020 at 8.6% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Fayetteville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Arkansas 4.5% -0.1 +0.7
Fayetteville 3.4% +0.1 +0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Fayetteville, Arkansas, National

Fayetteville, Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Fayetteville, Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Fayetteville peaked in April 2020 at 22,908. There are now 13,135 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,120 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 653. Fayetteville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fayetteville, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Fayetteville 9,773 +42 +2,741

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fayetteville, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Fayetteville
Unemployment Rate
Fayetteville
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.5% 3.4% 9,773
January
2021
6.3% 4.6% 3.3% 9,731
December
2020
6.7% 4.9% 3.2% 9,120
November
2020
6.7% 5.3% 4.7% 12,914
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 4.7% 12,984
September
2020
7.8% 5.9% 5.6% 15,545
August
2020
8.4% 6.5% 5.7% 15,678
July
2020
10.2% 7.1% 5.4% 14,582
June
2020
11.1% 7.8% 6.3% 17,156
May
2020
13.3% 8.5% 7.4% 20,394
April
2020
14.8% 10.0% 8.6% 22,908

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.