LITTLE ROCK — For the third month in a row, Arkansas’ unemployment rate in November held steady at 4 percent, according to labor statistics released Friday. Statistics for Pine Bluff and Jefferson County will be released later this month.
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said data from the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics show the state’s unemployment rate last month was six-tenths of a percentage point below the national rate of 4.6 percent, which was down from 4.9 percent in October.
DWS said 1.3 million Arkansans were employed and 53,520 were unemployed in November.
Jobs decreased last month in four major industry sectors and increased slightly in six. The biggest decrease was in leisure and hospitality, which experienced a seasonal loss of 2,000 jobs, 1,200 of them in accommodation-food services and 800 in arts-entertainment-recreation.
Jobs in construction decreased by 1,700 in November, also a typical seasonal reduction.
Education and health-services jobs decreased by 1,500 last month, all in health care and social assistance. Declines were reported at hospitals, nursing care facilities and doctors’ offices.
The biggest increase in November was in government, which added 1,600 jobs, 1,200 of them in local government and attributed in part to temporary hiring for the general election.
Increases also occurred last month in trade-transportation-utilities, which added 1,400 jobs, and professional-business services, which added 1,000 jobs.