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Jonesboro, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jonesboro fell 0.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Jonesboro peaked in April 2020 at 9.3% and is now 0.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Jonesboro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Arkansas 9.6% -1.2 +6.1
Jonesboro 8.6% -0.7 +5.7
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: 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 6,059. There are now 408 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Jonesboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jonesboro, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Jonesboro 5,651 -408 +3,741

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jonesboro, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Jonesboro
Unemployment Rate
Jonesboro
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 8.0%
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 8.6% 5,651
April
2020
14.7% 10.8% 9.3% 6,059
March
2020
4.4% 5.0% 4.0% 2,730
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 2.8% 1,875
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 2.8% 1,899
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 2.8% 1,876
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 2.8% 1,895
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 2.9% 1,914
September
2019
3.5% 3.6% 2.9% 1,932
August
2019
3.7% 3.6% 2.9% 1,945
July
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.0% 1,947

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.