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Jonesboro, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jonesboro rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Jonesboro peaked in February 2011 at 8.2% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Jonesboro 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
Jonesboro 3.2% +0.2 0.0
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: 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 4,873. There are now 2,773 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,877 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 223. Jonesboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jonesboro, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Jonesboro 2,100 +165 +19

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jonesboro, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Jonesboro
Unemployment Rate
Jonesboro
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.2% 2,100
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.0% 1,935
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 2.9% 1,877
July
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.0% 1,938
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 3.2% 2,037
May
2018
3.8% 3.8% 3.1% 2,003
April
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.2% 2,067
March
2018
4.1% 3.8% 3.2% 2,071
February
2018
4.1% 3.8% 3.1% 2,019
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.2% 2,030
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.1% 2,005

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.