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Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Little Rock fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2019 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Little Rock peaked in January 2011 at 7.4% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Little Rock unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% 0.0 -0.2
Arkansas 3.7% -0.1 -0.1
Little Rock 3.4% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2019 data as April 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 2011 at 25,936. There are now 13,949 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,480 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 507. Little Rock employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Little Rock, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Little Rock 11,987 -194 -204

Number of Unemployed Persons

Little Rock, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployed
April
2019
3.6% 3.6%
March
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 11,987
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 3.4% 12,181
January
2019
4.0% 3.7% 3.4% 12,070
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.3% 11,885
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.3% 11,886
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.3% 11,836
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.3% 11,738
August
2018
3.8% 3.6% 3.3% 11,657
July
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.3% 11,664
June
2018
4.0% 3.7% 3.3% 11,753
May
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 11,898

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.