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Jonesboro, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jonesboro fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Jonesboro peaked in February 2011 at 8.2% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in June 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Jonesboro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Arkansas 3.4% 0.0 -0.2
Jonesboro 2.8% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 March 2011 at 4,864. There are now 3,010 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,828 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 26. Jonesboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jonesboro, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Jonesboro 1,854 +21 -192

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jonesboro, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Jonesboro
Unemployment Rate
Jonesboro
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.4% 2.8% 1,854
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 2.8% 1,833
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 2.8% 1,828
May
2019
3.6% 3.6% 2.9% 1,858
April
2019
3.6% 3.6% 2.9% 1,902
March
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.0% 1,974
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 3.1% 2,034
January
2019
4.0% 3.7% 3.2% 2,041
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.2% 2,051
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.2% 2,051
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.2% 2,050

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.