LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Labor force data, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and released today by the Department of Workforce Services, shows Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained stable at 7.1 percent in September. The United States’ jobless rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point, from 9.7 percent in August to 9.8 percent in September Arkansas’ civilian labor force rose 9,000 in September, a result of 8,400 more employed and 600 more unemployed Arkansans. The increase in the number of employed contributed to the stability of the unemployment rate.
DWS Communications Director Kimberly Friedman said, “This is the first time since February 2009 that the monthly gain in the number of employed was larger than the increase in the number of unemployed.”