Families
Unemployment Rate
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Unemployment Rate
2016
Arkansas County3.5%
Ashley County6.3%
Baxter County4.3%
Benton County2.9%
Boone County3.7%
Bowie County, Texas4.7%
Bradley County5.2%
Calhoun County4.7%
Carroll County3.6%
Chicot County6.6%
Clark County4.5%
Clay County5.7%
Cleburne County6.0%
Cleveland County4.6%
Columbia County5.8%
Conway County5.8%
Craighead County3.3%
Crawford County3.9%
Crittenden County4.6%
Cross County4.5%
Dallas County5.0%
Desha County5.5%
Drew County5.8%
Faulkner County3.8%
Franklin County4.1%
Fulton County4.4%
Garland County4.3%
Grant County3.6%
Greene County4.3%
Hempstead County3.8%
Hot Spring County4.0%
Howard County3.3%
Independence County5.0%
Izard County5.6%
Jackson County6.2%
Jefferson County5.6%
Johnson County4.8%
Lafayette County5.9%
Lawrence County4.4%
Lee County4.8%
Lincoln County4.9%
Little River County4.7%
Logan County4.6%
Lonoke County3.4%
Madison County3.2%
Marion County4.0%
Miller County4.2%
Mississippi County6.8%
Monroe County4.9%
Montgomery County5.3%
Nevada County3.7%
Newton County3.9%
Ouachita County5.1%
Perry County4.8%
Phillips County5.9%
Pike County4.3%
Poinsett County4.3%
Polk County4.9%
Pope County4.6%
Prairie County3.9%
Pulaski County3.6%
Randolph County4.7%
Saline County3.2%
Scott County3.8%
Searcy County4.5%
Sebastian County3.7%
Sevier County5.0%
Sharp County5.5%
St. Francis County5.2%
Stone County5.2%
Union County5.5%
Van Buren County7.0%
Washington County2.7%
White County5.2%
Woodruff County5.5%
Yell County4.5%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics




Total Unemployed
2016
Arkansas County322
Ashley County495
Baxter County698
Benton County3,683
Boone County592
Bowie County, Texas1,869
Bradley County229
Calhoun County113
Carroll County461
Chicot County238
Clark County421
Clay County345
Cleburne County569
Cleveland County152
Columbia County539
Conway County489
Craighead County1,702
Crawford County1,059
Crittenden County988
Cross County355
Dallas County147
Desha County301
Drew County458
Faulkner County2,316
Franklin County302
Fulton County205
Garland County1,742
Grant County302
Greene County857
Hempstead County380
Hot Spring County562
Howard County198
Independence County798
Izard County281
Jackson County381
Jefferson County1,607
Johnson County505
Lafayette County152
Lawrence County303
Lee County151
Lincoln County201
Little River County265
Logan County423
Lonoke County1,120
Madison County232
Marion County263
Miller County840
Mississippi County1,242
Monroe County142
Montgomery County164
Nevada County136
Newton County133
Ouachita County501
Perry County202
Phillips County399
Pike County181
Poinsett County436
Polk County402
Pope County1,358
Prairie County143
Pulaski County6,709
Randolph County304
Saline County1,782
Scott County168
Searcy County137
Sebastian County2,161
Sevier County282
Sharp County331
St. Francis County465
Stone County246
Union County906
Van Buren County424
Washington County3,259
White County1,785
Woodruff County165
Yell County393

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



NATIONAL RANKING
14

OUT OF 51
2016

STATE TREND

Maintaining


3.9%

2016
1% = 13,426
Individuals

What does this measure?

Unemployed individuals are those without jobs who are able, available, and actively seeking work. The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the total labor force (the total number of employed and unemployed individuals 16 or older and not living in prisons, mental hospitals or nursing homes).

Why is this important?

Unemployment rates are a relatively timely indicator of current local economic conditions, particularly recent changes in the employment landscape that reflect the overall health of the economy.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2016, the unemployment rate was 3.9%, down from a recent high of 8.3% in 2011 and lower than the national rate of 4.9%. Two counties had a rate lower than 3% -- Benton and Washington - and three counties had rates at or close to 7% -- Chicot, Mississippi and Van Buren.

It is possible to analyze unemployment rates across groups using a different dataset, the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. This data shows that unemployment was more prevalent among men (9%) compared to women (7%) and among black or African American residents (13%) compared to Hispanic (5.4%), white (5.8%) and Asian (4.4%) residents in 2012-16.

Notes about the data

The unemployment rate represents only those who are actively seeking employment and does not account for under-employment or discouraged workers who have stopped looking for jobs. Also, county-level estimates are based on relatively small samples, and the true number of unemployed residents may vary considerably from the estimate. The rates reported here are averages of monthly rates. 2017 data for this indicator is expected to be released in the second quarter of 2018.




Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Unemployment Rate
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Arkansas4.3%5.0%5.5%5.9%5.7%5.2%5.2%5.3%5.5%7.8%8.2%8.3%7.6%7.2%6.0%5.0%3.9%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics




Total Unemployed
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Arkansas53,60662,18369,57575,39774,19570,46570,50472,71275,240106,512110,842113,168101,62695,71779,27967,08953,012

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics






Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas9.4%**4.4%**12.9%5.4%8.4%******5.0%**9.8%5.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




Number Unemployed by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas746**947**25,5954,838236******1,565**2,15561,946

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.





Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Unemployment Rate by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas6.6%8.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number Unemployed by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas84,186127,130

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Not Applicable
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Maintaining
Volunteering Decreasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Decreasing
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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