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Pine Bluff, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pine Bluff fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 6.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points higher than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Pine Bluff peaked in March 2011 at 10.4% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.8 percentage points. You can also compare Pine Bluff 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
Pine Bluff 6.6% -0.2 -1.8
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: 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 July 2011 at 4,365. There are now 2,083 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,693 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 589. Pine Bluff employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Pine Bluff 2,282 -70 -595

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pine Bluff, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Pine Bluff
Unemployment Rate
Pine Bluff
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.3% 6.6% 2,282
June
2021
5.9% 4.4% 6.8% 2,352
May
2021
5.8% 4.4% 6.7% 2,355
April
2021
6.1% 4.4% 6.7% 2,326
March
2021
6.0% 4.4% 6.4% 2,228
February
2021
6.2% 4.5% 6.0% 2,097
January
2021
6.3% 4.6% 5.6% 1,941
December
2020
6.7% 4.9% 7.0% 2,465
November
2020
6.7% 5.3% 7.3% 2,505
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 7.5% 2,569
September
2020
7.8% 5.9% 7.8% 2,651

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.