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Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Little Rock fell 0.5 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.3%. 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 10.8% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Little Rock unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Arkansas 4.3% -0.1 -2.8
Little Rock 4.3% -0.5 -3.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 38,733. There are now 23,441 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 July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Little Rock 15,292 -1,955 -12,795

Number of Unemployed Persons

Little Rock, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.3% 4.3% 15,292
June
2021
5.9% 4.4% 4.8% 17,247
May
2021
5.8% 4.4% 4.8% 17,221
April
2021
6.1% 4.4% 4.9% 17,364
March
2021
6.0% 4.4% 4.9% 17,423
February
2021
6.2% 4.5% 4.9% 17,615
January
2021
6.3% 4.6% 5.0% 17,857
December
2020
6.7% 4.9% 5.1% 18,314
November
2020
6.7% 5.3% 5.5% 18,966
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 5.7% 19,840
September
2020
7.8% 5.9% 6.6% 23,157

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.