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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 April 2022 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Little Rock peaked in April 2020 at 10.6% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in January 2022, 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Arkansas 3.2% +0.1 -1.3
Little Rock 3.3% +0.1 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 26,713 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 289. Little Rock employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Little Rock, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Little Rock 11,559 +289 -5,354

Number of Unemployed Persons

Little Rock, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployment Rate
Little Rock
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.3% 11,559
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
October
2021
4.6% 3.4% 3.3% 11,597
September
2021
4.7% 3.5% 3.5% 12,305
August
2021
5.2% 3.8% 3.8% 13,344
July
2021
5.4% 4.0% 4.2% 14,501
June
2021
5.9% 4.2% 4.5% 15,545

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.