The unemployment rate in Logan County remained under 4 percent in June for the fourth month in a row, according to the latest statistics compiled by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
The June jobless rate in Logan County was 3.9 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from the 3.5 percent jobless rate in May. In June of last year, the jobless rate in Logan County was 5.1 percent.
According to DWS, there were 9,034 people employed in Logan County in June and 363 without jobs.
This year started with jobless rates of 4.2 percent and 4.4 percent in January and February, respectively. The unemployment rate in the county has been under 4 percent since.
Meanwhile, DWS reports that Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained stable at 3.4 percent between May and June. Arkansas’ civilian labor force increased 9,243, a result of 9,481 more employed and 238 fewer unemployed Arkansans.
BLS Program Operations Manager Susan Price said, “Employment in Arkansan increased 9,481 in June, breaking last month’s record high for the state. There are now 28,681 more employed Arkansans than in June 2016.
Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll jobs decreased 2,700 in June to total 1,251,700. Three major industry sectors posted declines, more than offsetting moderate gains in eight sectors.
Employment in government fell 5,300. Typical seasonal losses were reported in state (down 4,200) and local (down 1,300) government, related to the end of the 2016-17 school year. Jobs in professional and business services dropped 4,900. All decreases were posted in administrative and support services (down 5,500), attributed in part to a decline in seasonal jobs provided by employment agencies. Leisure and hospitality added 2,800 jobs. Most of the gains were in accommodation and food services (up 2,200). Jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities rose 2,700, with hiring reported across all subsectors.
Since June 2016, nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas are up 25,700. Employment increased in eight major industry sectors, while three sectors declined. Educational and health services added 7,400 jobs, mostly in health care and social assistance (up 5,700). Jobs in professional and business services rose 6,400. Gains in administrative-support services (up 5,200) and professional-scientific-technical services (up 2,000) more than offset the loss in management of companies (down 800). Trade, transportation, and utilities increased 4,000, with most of the expansion in transportation-warehousing-utilities (up 2,300). Leisure and hospitality added 3,800 jobs. Food services posted a majority of the growth (up 2,400).
Jobs in manufacturing rose 2,900, all in nondurable goods (up 4,300).