Families
Unemployment Rate
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Unemployment Rate
2018
Arkansas County3.4%
Ashley County5.5%
Baxter County4.1%
Benton County2.9%
Boone County3.5%
Bowie County, Texas4.9%
Bradley County4.5%
Calhoun County3.9%
Carroll County3.2%
Chicot County6.9%
Clark County3.8%
Clay County4.4%
Cleburne County4.5%
Cleveland County3.9%
Columbia County4.8%
Conway County4.4%
Craighead County3.1%
Crawford County3.6%
Crittenden County4.3%
Cross County4.2%
Dallas County4.4%
Desha County4.5%
Drew County5.0%
Faulkner County3.3%
Franklin County3.6%
Fulton County4.0%
Garland County4.0%
Grant County3.1%
Greene County3.5%
Hempstead County3.6%
Hot Spring County3.8%
Howard County3.5%
Independence County4.1%
Izard County5.5%
Jackson County6.2%
Jefferson County5.3%
Johnson County4.5%
Lafayette County5.2%
Lawrence County3.9%
Lee County4.8%
Lincoln County4.3%
Little River County5.3%
Logan County4.0%
Lonoke County3.2%
Madison County2.9%
Marion County4.1%
Miller County4.8%
Mississippi County5.7%
Monroe County4.3%
Montgomery County4.8%
Nevada County3.5%
Newton County3.4%
Ouachita County4.7%
Perry County4.2%
Phillips County6.1%
Pike County4.2%
Poinsett County3.8%
Polk County4.2%
Pope County4.5%
Prairie County3.9%
Pulaski County3.5%
Randolph County4.0%
Saline County3.1%
Scott County3.7%
Searcy County4.3%
Sebastian County3.6%
Sevier County4.7%
Sharp County4.8%
St. Francis County5.2%
Stone County4.5%
Union County5.6%
Van Buren County5.3%
Washington County2.6%
White County4.4%
Woodruff County4.7%
Yell County4.2%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics




Total Unemployed
2018
Arkansas County308
Ashley County420
Baxter County678
Benton County3,872
Boone County561
Bowie County, Texas1,953
Bradley County196
Calhoun County94
Carroll County406
Chicot County230
Clark County366
Clay County256
Cleburne County416
Cleveland County129
Columbia County429
Conway County358
Craighead County1,658
Crawford County962
Crittenden County925
Cross County310
Dallas County124
Desha County247
Drew County388
Faulkner County2,016
Franklin County266
Fulton County192
Garland County1,651
Grant County259
Greene County691
Hempstead County353
Hot Spring County527
Howard County205
Independence County662
Izard County270
Jackson County356
Jefferson County1,484
Johnson County473
Lafayette County131
Lawrence County269
Lee County141
Lincoln County174
Little River County289
Logan County353
Lonoke County1,087
Madison County213
Marion County269
Miller County950
Mississippi County995
Monroe County119
Montgomery County146
Nevada County128
Newton County112
Ouachita County454
Perry County177
Phillips County406
Pike County177
Poinsett County395
Polk County333
Pope County1,296
Prairie County139
Pulaski County6,598
Randolph County285
Saline County1,793
Scott County161
Searcy County128
Sebastian County2,043
Sevier County259
Sharp County276
St. Francis County429
Stone County218
Union County886
Van Buren County311
Washington County3,191
White County1,478
Woodruff County134
Yell County357

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



NATIONAL RANKING
23

OUT OF 51
2018

STATE TREND

Decreasing


3.7%

2018
1% = 13,515
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 2018, the unemployment rate was 3.7%, down from a recent high of 8.3% in 2011 and similar to the national rate of 3.9%. Three counties had rates lower than 3% - Benton, Madison and Washington - and five counties had rates close to 6% - Mississippi, Ashley, Union, Phillips and Jackson. Chicot was highest, at 6.9%.

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 a bit more prevalent among men (6.5%) compared to women (5.9%) and among black or African American residents (11.6%) compared to Hispanic (5.1%), white (5.3%) and Asian (4.5%) residents in 2013-17.

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.

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined 5 years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with 3 asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. This data is expected to be released annually in December.




Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Unemployment Rate
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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%4.0%3.7%3.7%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics




Total Unemployed
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Arkansas53,60662,18369,57575,39774,19570,46570,50472,71275,240106,512110,842113,168101,62695,71779,25867,09353,12749,97850,037

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
Arkansas8.4%**4.5%**11.6%5.1%6.5%******5.1%8.4%5.3%

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
Arkansas667**984**23,0364,797179******1,7672,05456,441

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
Arkansas5.9%6.5%

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
Arkansas38,03847,090

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
Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
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 Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
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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