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Pine Bluff, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pine Bluff rose 1.7 percentage points in March 2020 to 6.9%. 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 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.0 percentage points. You can also compare Pine Bluff unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
Arkansas 5.0% +1.5 +1.5
Pine Bluff 6.9% +1.7 +1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 data as April 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 2,174 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 723. Pine Bluff employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Pine Bluff 2,446 +633 +637

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pine Bluff, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Pine Bluff
Unemployment Rate
Pine Bluff
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 10.2%
March
2020
4.4% 5.0% 6.9% 2,446
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 5.2% 1,813
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 5.2% 1,816
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 5.2% 1,808
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 5.2% 1,813
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 5.2% 1,819
September
2019
3.5% 3.6% 5.2% 1,827
August
2019
3.7% 3.6% 5.3% 1,836
July
2019
3.7% 3.6% 5.3% 1,842
June
2019
3.7% 3.6% 5.3% 1,842
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 5.3% 1,836

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.