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Jonesboro, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jonesboro rose 0.2 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Jonesboro peaked in April 2020 at 9.1% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in February 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Jonesboro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Arkansas 3.5% +0.1 0.0
Jonesboro 3.1% +0.2 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 5,988. There are now 3,963 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,674 in February 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 351. Jonesboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jonesboro, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Jonesboro 2,025 +70 +165

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jonesboro, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Jonesboro
Unemployment Rate
Jonesboro
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.5% 3.1% 2,025
August
2022
3.7% 3.4% 2.9% 1,955
July
2022
3.5% 3.3% 2.9% 1,914
June
2022
3.6% 3.2% 2.8% 1,848
May
2022
3.6% 3.2% 2.7% 1,777
April
2022
3.6% 3.2% 2.6% 1,746
March
2022
3.6% 3.1% 2.5% 1,677
February
2022
3.8% 3.1% 2.5% 1,674
January
2022
4.0% 3.2% 2.6% 1,697
December
2021
3.9% 3.3% 2.7% 1,769
November
2021
4.2% 3.3% 2.7% 1,749

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.