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Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Little Rock rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Little Rock peaked in April 2020 at 10.6% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in January 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Little Rock unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Arkansas 3.5% +0.1 0.0
Little Rock 3.5% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 38,272. There are now 25,956 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,270 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,046. Little Rock employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Little Rock, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Little Rock 12,316 +253 +11

Number of Unemployed Persons

Little Rock, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.5% 3.5% 12,316
August
2022
3.7% 3.4% 3.4% 12,063
July
2022
3.5% 3.3% 3.4% 12,005
June
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.3% 11,733
May
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.3% 11,585
April
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.3% 11,558
March
2022
3.6% 3.1% 3.2% 11,270
February
2022
3.8% 3.1% 3.2% 11,292
January
2022
4.0% 3.2% 3.2% 11,377
December
2021
3.9% 3.3% 3.3% 11,703
November
2021
4.2% 3.3% 3.3% 11,566

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.