Arkansas' unemployment rate unchanged at 3.9 percent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State officials say unemployment in Arkansas remained unchanged in August at 3.9 percent.
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Tuesday that unemployment in the state is one full percentage point lower than the national rate of 4.9 percent.
Arkansas' nonfarm payroll employment rose 5,000 in August to about 1.2 million. Jobs in four major industry sectors increased, more than offsetting minor declines in six sectors.
Compared to August 2015, nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas are up 16,900. Eight major industry sectors posted growth, while employment in three sectors declined.
Since last August, jobs in professional and business services have increased by 7,600, while educational and health services added 6,400 jobs, mostly in health care and social assistance. Employment in manufacturing decreased by 1,800 jobs since last August.
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