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Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fayetteville fell 1.3 percentage points in May 2020 to 7.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points lower than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Fayetteville peaked in April 2020 at 8.6% and is now 1.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Fayetteville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Arkansas 9.5% -1.3 +6.0
Fayetteville 7.3% -1.3 +4.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 2,692 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Fayetteville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fayetteville, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Fayetteville 20,216 -2,692 +13,080

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fayetteville, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Fayetteville
Unemployment Rate
Fayetteville
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 9.5% 7.3% 20,216
April
2020
14.7% 10.8% 8.6% 22,908
March
2020
4.4% 5.0% 3.6% 10,306
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 2.5% 7,032
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 2.5% 7,113
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 2.5% 7,064
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 2.5% 7,099
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 2.5% 7,133
September
2019
3.5% 3.6% 2.5% 7,161
August
2019
3.7% 3.6% 2.6% 7,171
July
2019
3.7% 3.6% 2.6% 7,155

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.