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Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Little Rock fell 1.0 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.2%. 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 1.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Little Rock unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Arkansas 9.6% -1.2 +6.1
Little Rock 10.2% -1.0 +7.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 2,583 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 May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Little Rock 36,039 -2,583 +24,701

Number of Unemployed Persons

Little Rock, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 8.0%
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 10.2% 36,039
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 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

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.