The jobless rate in Logan County in April reached a record low of 3 percent, according to the latest county statistics available from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
Meanwhile, Arkansas’ jobless rate for April was 3.5 percent, a drop of one-tenth of a percentage point from the 3.6 rate recorded in March.
According to DWF information released recently, there were 8,854 people in Logan County with jobs in April and 275 people unemployed. The April rate was a six-tenths of a percent point lower than the 3.6 percent jobless rate recorded in March. The April rate is also the lowest recorded so far this year and 1.5 percent lower than the 4.5 percent rate recorded in April 2016. April is the latest month for which county statistics are available.
Labor force data, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and released today by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, show Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point, from 3.6 percent in March to 3.5 percent in April. Arkansas’ civilian labor force rose 6,782, a result of 7,693 more employed and 911 fewer unemployed Arkansans.
BLS Program Operations Manager Susan Price said, “for the fourth month in a row, Arkansas’ unemployment rate has declined to record setting lows. Starting the year at 3.8 percent, the rate has decreased one-tenth of a percentage point each month to 3.5 percent in April.”
Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll jobs rose 11,000 in April to total 1,251,600. Increases were posted in eight major industry sectors. Employment in one industry sector declined, while two remained stable.
Leisure and hospitality added 4,100 jobs. Seasonal gains occurred in both accommodation and food services (up 2,800) and in arts, entertainment, and recreation (up 1,300). Jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities rose 2,200, attributed in part to seasonal hiring in retail trade (up 1,100). Employment in professional and business services increased 1,600. A majority of the growth occurred in administrative and support services (up 1,500), a subsector which includes employment agencies. Construction added 1,300 jobs, a typical seasonal expansion.
Compared to April 2016, nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas increased 19,700. Seven major industry sectors added jobs, while employment in four sectors declined slightly.
Manufacturing added 3,500 jobs, with expansions in nondurable goods (up 4,500) more than offsetting losses in durable goods (down 1,000). Jobs in government decreased 1,900. Most of the decline was in local government (down 1,300).