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Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fayetteville rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Fayetteville peaked in February 2010 at 6.8% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Fayetteville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Arkansas 3.5% 0.0 -0.2
Fayetteville 2.7% +0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 January 2011 at 15,722. There are now 8,249 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,841 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 632. Fayetteville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fayetteville, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Fayetteville 7,473 +496 -247

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fayetteville, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Fayetteville
Unemployment Rate
Fayetteville
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 2.7% 7,473
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 2.5% 6,977
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 2.5% 6,841
July
2018
3.9% 3.7% 2.5% 6,908
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 2.6% 7,264
May
2018
3.8% 3.8% 2.7% 7,357
April
2018
3.9% 3.8% 2.9% 7,871
March
2018
4.1% 3.8% 2.9% 7,845
February
2018
4.1% 3.8% 2.8% 7,601
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 2.9% 7,933
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 2.9% 7,894

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.