Logan County unemployment rate continues to stay below 4 percent, according to the latest jobless report issued by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
The county’s unemployment rate for September was 3.6 percent, one-tenth of a percentage point lower than the 3.7 percent rate recorded in August and nearly a full percentage point lower than the 4.5 percent jobless rate for September of last year.
In September, 8,730 county residents had jobs while 323 were unemployed, according to the data released last week.
Meanwhile, Arkansas’ unemployment rate remains steady at 3.5 percent in September.
Arkansas’ civilian labor force rose 1,435, a result of 938 more unemployed and an additional 497 employed Arkansans. The United States’ jobless rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point, from 4.4 percent in August to 4.2 percent in September.
Nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas rose 15,500 in September to total 1,258,300. Six major industries added jobs, while employment in four sectors declined. The largest increase occurred in government (up 12,400). Expansions in local (up 7,700) and state (up 4,600) government reflect seasonal hiring at public schools and universities. Jobs in educational and health services rose 3,100.
A majority of the gain was posted in educational services (up 2,800), related to hiring at private facilities. Professional and business services added 2,900 jobs, largely in administrative and support services (up 2,600). Jobs in manufacturing rose 1,300. Gains occurred in both nondurable goods (up 700) and durable goods (up 600) manufacturing.
Leisure and hospitality posted the greatest declined by 4,000. Employment fell in all subsectors, due in part to seasonal factors.
Compared to September 2016, Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll employment is up 20,900. Seven major industry sectors posted growth, with five adding 2,100 or more jobs, each.