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Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Little Rock rose 1.2 percentage points in March 2020 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Little Rock peaked in January 2011 at 7.4% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in March 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.3 percentage points. You can also compare Little Rock unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
Arkansas 5.0% +1.5 +1.5
Little Rock 4.4% +1.2 +1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 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 25,981. There are now 10,060 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,301 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,620. Little Rock employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Little Rock, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Little Rock 15,921 +4,285 +4,569

Number of Unemployed Persons

Little Rock, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 10.2%
March
2020
4.4% 5.0% 4.4% 15,921
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.2% 11,636
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.3% 11,708
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.3% 11,728
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.3% 11,751
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.3% 11,751
September
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.3% 11,737
August
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.3% 11,686
July
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.2% 11,582
June
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.2% 11,446
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.2% 11,338

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.