Logan County’s unemployment rate remained low in November, the latest month for which county statistics are available. According to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, the county’s jobless rate in November was 3.8 percent.
Meanwhile, the state’s jobless rate remained unchanged in November at 4 percent.
The 3.8 percent rate for the county in November is two-tenths of a percentage point lower than the 4 percent rate recorded in October. In November of 2015, Logan County had an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent. According to DWS, in November there were 8,721 people in Logan County with jobs and 345 without jobs.
In November, Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined 5,059, a result of 3,929 fewer employed and 1,130 less unemployed Arkansans.
BLS Program Operations Manager Susan Price said, “Arkansas’ unemployment rate remained at four percent for the third consecutive month, despite small declines in both employment and unemployment. Compared to November 2015, there are currently 24,265 more employed Arkansans.”
Nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas decreased 800 in November to total 1,236,900. Four major industry sectors posted declines, more than offsetting minor gains in six sectors. Employment in leisure and hospitality dropped 2,000. Seasonal losses occurred in both accommodation, food services and arts entertainment
Jobs in construction decreased 1,700, a typical seasonal reduction.
Educational and health services lost 1,500 jobs, all in health care and social assistance. Declines were reported at hospitals, nursing care facilities, and physician’s offices. Jobs in government rose 1,600. Most of the gains were in local government (up 1,200), related in part to temporary hiring for the recent elections.
Compared to November 2015, Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll employment rose 8,700. Six major industry sectors added jobs, while five sectors posted declines. Employment in professional and business services increased 5,800. A majority of the gains were in administrative and support services (up 3,300). Jobs in educational and health services rose 5,800, mostly in health care and social assistance (up 5,400).
Financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and other services added 500 jobs, each. Trade, transportation, and utilities lost 2,800, attributed in large part to reported declines in retail trade (down 2,500). Employment in mining and logging decreased 1,100. The industry has suffered from ongoing layoffs and closures.