Arkansas unemployment rate unchanged at 3.1% in March | Arkansas Business News

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Arkansas’ unemployment rate was unchanged from February through March, remaining at an all-time low of 3.1%, the state’s Division of Labor Services reported Friday.

Arkansas’ civilian workforce grew by 4,508, the result of 5,255 more employed and 747 fewer unemployed people in Arkansans. The unemployment rate in the United States was 3.6% in March, down two tenths of a percentage point from February.

Arkansas non-farm payroll jobs rose by 33,300 in March to more than 1.3 million. Gains were recorded in seven major industrial sectors, while four sectors lost jobs:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities added 14,200 jobs, with hiring in all subsectors, but especially in transportation-warehousing-utilities (8,100).

  • Leisure and hospitality added 9,100 jobs, with hiring across all sub-sectors.

  • Professional and business services added 6,000 jobs, with gains in business management (4,700) and professional-scientific-technical services (2,400).

  • Manufacturing added 4,500 jobs, with gains in durable (2,600) and non-durable (1,900) goods manufacturing.

  • Government jobs increased by 2,400, mostly in local government education services (2,200).

  • Financial activities created 700 jobs.

  • Information added 100 jobs.

  • Education and health services lost 2,700 jobs. Expansions in educational services (900) were more than offset by losses in health care and social assistance (3,600).

  • Other services lost 1,400 jobs.

  • Construction lost 300 jobs.

  • Mining and logging lost 200 jobs.

There were 31,600 more people employed in Arkansas in March than there were in March 2021.

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