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Jonesboro, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jonesboro fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Jonesboro peaked in April 2020 at 9.1% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Jonesboro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Arkansas 4.3% -0.1 -2.8
Jonesboro 3.8% -0.1 -2.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Jonesboro, Arkansas, National

Jonesboro, Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Jonesboro, Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Jonesboro peaked in April 2020 at 5,994. There are now 3,475 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Jonesboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jonesboro, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Jonesboro 2,519 -58 -1,624

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jonesboro, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Jonesboro
Unemployment Rate
Jonesboro
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.3% 3.8% 2,519
June
2021
5.9% 4.4% 3.9% 2,577
May
2021
5.8% 4.4% 3.9% 2,564
April
2021
6.1% 4.4% 3.9% 2,571
March
2021
6.0% 4.4% 3.9% 2,586
February
2021
6.2% 4.5% 3.9% 2,609
January
2021
6.3% 4.6% 4.0% 2,660
December
2020
6.7% 4.9% 4.1% 2,770
November
2020
6.7% 5.3% 4.4% 2,863
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 4.6% 2,995
September
2020
7.8% 5.9% 5.5% 3,549

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.