Families
Unemployment Rate
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Unemployment Rate
2017
Arkansas County3.3%
Ashley County5.7%
Baxter County4.2%
Benton County2.9%
Boone County3.4%
Bowie County, Texas4.5%
Bradley County4.7%
Calhoun County3.9%
Carroll County3.3%
Chicot County6.5%
Clark County4.0%
Clay County4.6%
Cleburne County4.9%
Cleveland County4.4%
Columbia County5.0%
Conway County4.7%
Craighead County3.0%
Crawford County3.5%
Crittenden County4.3%
Cross County4.0%
Dallas County4.5%
Desha County4.8%
Drew County5.2%
Faulkner County3.3%
Franklin County3.5%
Fulton County4.2%
Garland County4.0%
Grant County3.2%
Greene County3.7%
Hempstead County3.5%
Hot Spring County3.7%
Howard County3.0%
Independence County4.2%
Izard County5.5%
Jackson County5.8%
Jefferson County5.2%
Johnson County4.2%
Lafayette County5.1%
Lawrence County3.8%
Lee County4.8%
Lincoln County4.2%
Little River County4.8%
Logan County3.8%
Lonoke County3.3%
Madison County2.8%
Marion County3.9%
Miller County4.3%
Mississippi County5.9%
Monroe County4.3%
Montgomery County4.8%
Nevada County3.5%
Newton County3.6%
Ouachita County4.6%
Perry County4.2%
Phillips County5.8%
Pike County4.1%
Poinsett County4.1%
Polk County4.5%
Pope County4.4%
Prairie County4.0%
Pulaski County3.4%
Randolph County4.2%
Saline County3.0%
Scott County3.4%
Searcy County4.5%
Sebastian County3.6%
Sevier County4.5%
Sharp County4.9%
St. Francis County5.1%
Stone County4.7%
Union County5.3%
Van Buren County5.4%
Washington County2.5%
White County4.5%
Woodruff County4.8%
Yell County4.0%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics




Total Unemployed
2017
Arkansas County294
Ashley County441
Baxter County694
Benton County3,849
Boone County543
Bowie County, Texas1,789
Bradley County205
Calhoun County93
Carroll County431
Chicot County229
Clark County377
Clay County269
Cleburne County458
Cleveland County145
Columbia County460
Conway County392
Craighead County1,601
Crawford County945
Crittenden County936
Cross County307
Dallas County130
Desha County262
Drew County405
Faulkner County2,035
Franklin County258
Fulton County199
Garland County1,619
Grant County267
Greene County723
Hempstead County342
Hot Spring County523
Howard County181
Independence County685
Izard County268
Jackson County346
Jefferson County1,454
Johnson County451
Lafayette County128
Lawrence County261
Lee County144
Lincoln County169
Little River County268
Logan County343
Lonoke County1,102
Madison County209
Marion County256
Miller County856
Mississippi County1,063
Monroe County120
Montgomery County148
Nevada County128
Newton County121
Ouachita County448
Perry County175
Phillips County382
Pike County174
Poinsett County426
Polk County361
Pope County1,292
Prairie County151
Pulaski County6,417
Randolph County288
Saline County1,731
Scott County151
Searcy County134
Sebastian County2,064
Sevier County255
Sharp County298
St. Francis County427
Stone County229
Union County853
Van Buren County330
Washington County3,097
White County1,530
Woodruff County143
Yell County346

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



NATIONAL RANKING
16

OUT OF 51
2017

STATE TREND

Decreasing


3.7%

2017
1% = 13,543
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 2017, the unemployment rate was 3.7%, down from a recent high of 8.3% in 2011 and lower than the national rate of 4.4%. Three counties had rates lower than 3% - Benton, Madison and Washington - and four counties had rates close to 6% - Mississippi, Ashley, Phillips and Jackson. Chicot was highest, at 6.5%.

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
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
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%3.7%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics




Total Unemployed
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Arkansas53,60662,18369,57575,39774,19570,46570,50472,71275,240106,512110,842113,168101,62695,71779,27967,08953,01249,831

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
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 Maintaining
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 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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