No Change in Arkansas' 3.4 Percent Unemployment Rate

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 19, 2017

An estimated 4,008 fewer people were employed across the state last month, and a total of 2,931 more people were projected to be unemployed after the monthly phone survey that's used to calculate the unemployment rate, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The official state unemployment rate previously had stood at 2.3 percent for three straight months, April through June.

California payrolls were up 1.7% in July compared with the same month a year ago. Lincoln's largest job gains came in leisure and hospitality and professional and business services. Nebraska added more than 14,000 jobs in the 12-month period between July 2016 and July 2017, with almost 1,300 additional jobs in manufacturing.

The July rate for the area, which includes Lancaster and Seward counties, was 2.7 percent, down from 2.8 percent in June and 3.2 in July 2016.

Compared with the rest of the country, Arkansas had the second largest annual percentage gain in nonfarm payroll employment, up 2.7 percent in July compared with July past year, according to the federal agency.

Jobs in educational and health services rose by 8,200, mostly in health care and social assistance. Eight major industry sectors added jobs, with five adding 3,700 or more jobs each.

June's employment was 0.4 percent higher than in June 2015.

Government lost 1,100 jobs since July previous year, with the declines coming in state and local government.

Farms lost 900 jobs in July compared to the month prior, while nonfarm industries lost 400. Only Oregon with a 2.9 percent increase had a bigger gain, the bureau said.

The rate's gradual change suggests Alaska's economy is responding slowly to the decline in both oil prices and production, and the related challenges for state government.

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