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Pine Bluff, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pine Bluff rose 0.4 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points higher than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Pine Bluff peaked in February 2011 at 10.9% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Pine Bluff unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Arkansas 3.5% 0.0 -0.2
Pine Bluff 5.3% +0.4 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 4,623. There are now 2,769 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,578 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 276. Pine Bluff employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Pine Bluff 1,854 +167 +66

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pine Bluff, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Pine Bluff
Unemployment Rate
Pine Bluff
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 5.3% 1,854
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 4.9% 1,687
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 4.6% 1,578
July
2018
3.9% 3.7% 4.8% 1,663
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 5.1% 1,775
May
2018
3.8% 3.8% 5.1% 1,774
April
2018
3.9% 3.8% 5.3% 1,862
March
2018
4.1% 3.8% 5.4% 1,875
February
2018
4.1% 3.8% 5.0% 1,750
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 4.9% 1,718
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 5.0% 1,757

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.