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Arkansas’ unemployment rate climbs to 10.2 percent in April

Labor force data released shows the unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in April.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — According to the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, labor force data released shows the unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in April.

The data shows Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 5.0 percent in March, which revised up from the preliminary March estimate of 4.8 percent, to 10.2 percent in April.

Arkansas civilian labor force declined 69,598, a result of 133,832 fewer employed and 64,234 additional unemployed Arkansans.

The United States’ jobless rate rose over ten percentage points, from 4.4 percent in March to 14.7 percent in April. 

“Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose sharply in April to 10.2 percent, but is still less than the national rate of 14.7 percent,” Operations Manager Susan Price said. “In addition to the increase in unemployed Arkansans due to the COVID-19 response, the number of employed declined even more. This is related in part to the lack of typical Spring hiring at businesses that were unable to open or expand as scheduled.”

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