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Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Little Rock fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2021 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Little Rock peaked in April 2020 at 10.8% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Little Rock unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Arkansas 3.4% -0.3 -1.9
Little Rock 3.5% -0.3 -2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Little Rock, Arkansas, National

Little Rock, Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Little Rock, Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Little Rock peaked in April 2020 at 38,733. There are now 26,526 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Little Rock employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Little Rock, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Little Rock 12,207 -1,174 -6,759

Number of Unemployed Persons

Little Rock, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.4% 3.5% 12,207
October
2021
4.6% 3.7% 3.8% 13,381
September
2021
4.7% 4.0% 4.1% 14,541
August
2021
5.2% 4.2% 4.3% 15,196
July
2021
5.4% 4.3% 4.3% 15,266
June
2021
5.9% 4.4% 4.8% 17,247
May
2021
5.8% 4.4% 4.8% 17,221
April
2021
6.0% 4.4% 4.9% 17,364
March
2021
6.0% 4.4% 4.9% 17,423
February
2021
6.2% 4.5% 4.9% 17,615
January
2021
6.4% 4.6% 5.0% 17,857

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.