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Pine Bluff, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pine Bluff rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points higher than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Pine Bluff peaked in March 2011 at 10.9% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.5 percentage points. You can also compare Pine Bluff unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Arkansas 4.5% -0.1 +0.7
Pine Bluff 6.4% +0.1 +1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 4,620. There are now 2,385 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,723 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 512. Pine Bluff employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Pine Bluff 2,235 +48 +422

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pine Bluff, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Pine Bluff
Unemployment Rate
Pine Bluff
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.5% 6.4% 2,235
January
2021
6.3% 4.6% 6.3% 2,187
December
2020
6.7% 4.9% 5.8% 1,982
November
2020
6.7% 5.3% 8.6% 2,886
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 8.5% 2,864
September
2020
7.8% 5.9% 9.5% 3,248
August
2020
8.4% 6.5% 9.4% 3,235
July
2020
10.2% 7.1% 8.7% 2,918
June
2020
11.1% 7.8% 9.3% 3,178
May
2020
13.3% 8.5% 10.4% 3,612
April
2020
14.8% 10.0% 10.7% 3,635

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.