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Arkansas Unemployment Rates Information

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Unemployment Rates In Arkansas


The Unemployment Rate in Arkansas according to December 2013 Labor Statistics is 7.4 percent.


The National Unemployment rate is currently 6.7 percent.


Important numbers you should know:


  • Arkansas Civilian Labor Force – 1,327,900.
  • Civilian Employment – 1,229,400.
  • Unemployment – 98,500.
  • Nonfarm Payroll Jobs – 1,197,400.
  • Per Capita Personal Income 2012 – $35,437.
  • Population 2012 – 2,949,131.

Projections 2012-2014

The projections for the Arkansas labor market are:

Projected employment for 2014 per industry:

  • All Industries – 1,336,725 with a net growth of 24,657 at 1.88 percent.
  • Self-employed & Unpaid Family Workers (All jobs) – 135,505 with a net worth of -1,348 at -0.98 percent.
  • Natural Resources & Mining – 21,447 with a net growth of 517 at 2.47 percent.
  • Construction – 47,773 with a net growth of 1,330 at 2.86 percent.
  • Manufacturing – 155,254 with a net growth of 526 at -0.34 percent.
  • Trade, Transportation & Utilities – 243,030 with a net growth of 5,104 at 2.15 percent.
  • Information – 13,970 with a net growth of -403 at -2.80 percent.
  • Financial Activities – 49,894 with a net growth of 1,566 at 3.24 percent.
  • Professional & Business Services – 128,315 with a net growth of 6,389 at 5.24 percent.
  • Education & Health Services – 301,784 with a net growth of 8,798 at 3.00 percent.
  • Leisure & Hospitality – 104,162 with a net growth of 5,074 at 5.12 percent.
  • Other Services (Except Government) – 44,222 with a net growth of 997 at 2.31 percent.
  • Government – 91,369 with a net growth of -2,841 at -3.02 percent.

The top five growing industries by net growth are:

  1. Restaurants and other eating places – 4,926 net growth.
  2. Individual and family services – 2,697 net growth.
  3. Management of companies and enterprises – 1,969 net growth.
  4. Offices of physicians – 1,314 net growth.
  5. Employment services – 911 net growth.

The top five declining industries by net growth are:

  1. Local government (excluding education and hospitals): -1,621 net growth.
  2. Printing and related support activities: – 679 net growth.
  3. State government (excluding education and hospitals): -633 net growth.
  4. Electrical equipment manufacturing: -524 net growth.
  5. Aerospace product and parts manufacturing: -500 net growth.

These projections can be found in The Arkansas Short-Term Industry and Occupational Projections, a publication by the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and Arkansas Workforce Centers. For more projections, access this publication at: http://discoverarkansas.net