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Pine Bluff, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pine Bluff fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2019 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points higher than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Pine Bluff peaked in March 2011 at 10.9% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Pine Bluff unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Arkansas 3.6% 0.0 -0.1
Pine Bluff 5.1% -0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2019 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, National

Pine Bluff, Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Pine Bluff, Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pine Bluff peaked in March 2011 at 4,618. There are now 2,799 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,748 in February 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 71. Pine Bluff employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Pine Bluff 1,819 -10 +33

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pine Bluff, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Pine Bluff
Unemployment Rate
Pine Bluff
Unemployed
June
2019
3.7%
May
2019
3.6% 3.6% 5.1% 1,819
April
2019
3.6% 3.6% 5.2% 1,829
March
2019
3.8% 3.7% 5.2% 1,857
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 5.3% 1,867
January
2019
4.0% 3.7% 5.2% 1,838
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 5.1% 1,809
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 5.1% 1,809
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 5.1% 1,805
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 5.0% 1,792
August
2018
3.8% 3.6% 5.0% 1,780
July
2018
3.9% 3.6% 5.0% 1,776

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.