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Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Little Rock fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Little Rock peaked in April 2020 at 11.2% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Little Rock unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Arkansas 6.2% 0.0 +2.7
Little Rock 6.8% -0.1 +3.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 38,622. There are now 15,155 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 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Little Rock 23,467 -266 +11,716

Number of Unemployed Persons

Little Rock, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.2% 6.8% 23,467
October
2020
6.9% 6.2% 6.9% 23,733
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 8.0% 28,087
August
2020
8.4% 7.4% 8.4% 29,633
July
2020
10.2% 7.1% 8.1% 27,534
June
2020
11.1% 8.1% 8.9% 30,662
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 10.3% 36,478
April
2020
14.8% 10.8% 11.2% 38,622
March
2020
4.4% 5.0% 4.6% 16,395
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.2% 11,636
January
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.3% 11,708

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.