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Arkansas’ unemployment rate increases to 7.8 Percent
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Arkansas’ unemployment rate increases to 7.8 Percent

Labor force data, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and released today by the Department of Workforce Services, show Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.7 percent in April to 7.8 percent in May. Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined 3,600, a result of 1,200 more unemployed and 4,800 fewer employed Arkansans. At 9.1 percent, the United States’ jobless rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point.

DWS Communications Director Kimberly Friedman said, "Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point in May, as the civilian labor force declined slightly. This rate increase mirrors the trend seen at the national level."

ARKANSAS CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE SUMMARY

 

(Seasonally Adjusted) May

2011

April

2011

May

2010

Change From

April

2011

Change From

May

2010

Civilian Labor Force

1,364,400

1,368,000

1,350,800

-3,600

13,600

Employment

1,257,500

1,262,300

1,245,200

-4,800

12,300

Unemployment

106,900

105,700

105,600

1,200

1,300

Unemployment Rate

7.8

7.7

7.8

0.1

0.0

U.S. Unemployment Rate

9.1

9.0

9.6

0.1

-0.5

 

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