The jobless rate in Logan county rose two-tenths of a percentage point in January to 4.2 percent. January is the latest month for which county statistics are available.

According to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, there were 8,509 people with jobs in the county in January and 376 people without jobs. The January 2017 rate is nearly 1 percent lower than the 5.1 percent jobless rate for January 2016.

Meanwhile, Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point, from 3.9 percent in December 2016 to 3.8 percent in January 2017. Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined 1,275, a result of 2,098 fewer unemployed and 823 additional employed Arkansans.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Program Operations Manager Susan Price said, “The number of unemployed Arkansans declined 2,098 in January, pushing the unemployment rate down to 3.8 percent. After revising data from previous years, the new series reflects a small but steady decrease in unemployment each month since March 2011.”

Nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas decreased 24,300 in January to total 1,216,300. Ten major industry sectors posted job losses, the majority of which experienced typical seasonal fluctuations. Trade, transportation, and utilities dropped 7,200, attributed to the end of the holiday shopping season. Employment in government declined 6,@000. Contractions in state (down 4,200) and local (down 1,400) government were related to the winter break at public schools. Jobs in professional and business services decreased 5,900. Most of the loss was in administrative and support services (down 5,100), which includes employment agencies. Leisure and hospitality declined 2,400, attributed to seasonal contractions in accommodation and food services.

Compared to January 2016, Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll job totals are up 11,800. Seven major industry sectors posted growth, while employment in four sectors is down.

Educational and health services rose 6,500, mostly in health care and social assistance (up 5,300). Jobs in professional and business services increased 2,700. A majority of the gains occurred in professional-scientific-technical services (up 2,400). Manufacturing added 2,100 jobs. Growth in nondurable goods (up 3,400) offset the losses in durable goods (down 1,300), due in part to reported hiring in food manufacturing.

Employment in other services rose 1,900. The sector includes activities such as repair-maintenance services and membership organizations. The largest decline was posted in government, down 1,600. Both local (down 1,100) and state (down 600) government reported losses over the year.