Arkansas Monthly Employment Statistics

  • 99,432 employed workers
  • 1,244,400 unemployed workers
  • 7.4% unemployment rate

Workforce Data

The total employment for Arkansas is 1,228,400, which is 14,900 greater than last month, an increase of 1.23%. The total employment a year ago was 1,278,400, which is -50,000 greater than today. Employment has decreased by 3.91% in the last year. Last months' total employment data was updated but changed less than 0.05%, a fairly insignificant amount. Last months total employment was revised to 1,214 from 1,214.

The Trade, Transport and Utilities sectors are the leading employers in Arkansas. There are 258,000 employees in the sector. Last month the sector had 254,000 employees last month, an increase of 4,000 (1.57%). Last year the sector had 253,600 employees last year, an increase of 4,400 (1.74%).

The chart below illustrates the total monthly employment:

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate increased in July, 2019 from 7.1% to this months' 7.4%. A year ago the unemployment rate was 3.4%, 4.0% higher today. The total workforce in July, 2019 was 1,343,832, which is 2.9% higher than last months 1,305,613 and is 2.8% lower than last months 1,362,512. The total number of unemployed in Arkansas is 1,244,400 as compared to the revised figure from last month of 1,212,637 and 1,315,643 unemployed a year ago.

The chart below illustrates the change in the unemployment rate over the last year in Arkansas:






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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.