Pine Bluff’s unemployment rate dropped to one of the lowest points of the year in October, according to the most recent statistics available from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
October’s rate was recorded at 4.9 percent, down from 5.2 percent in September. October’s rate ties May’s and is just shy of the lowest rate of the year, which came in April at 4.5 percent.
Workforce statistics show that the city’s civilian labor force grew to 17,177 in October, up from 16,698 in January.
In October 2016, the city’s unemployment rate was 5.5 percent.
Jefferson County also saw a decrease in unemployment from September to October, according to workforce services. The rate fell from 4.7 percent in September to 4.4 percent in October, with a gain of around 50 jobs.
El Dorado in Union County recorded the highest unemployment rate in the state in October at 5.2 percent. The lowest was tied between Springdale and Fayetteville in northwest Arkansas, each of which recorded a 2.2 percent unemployment rate for October.
Statewide, the unemployment rate inched up from 3.2 percent in October to 3.3 percent in November, according to workforce services’ non-seasonally adjusted numbers. Local November numbers have not yet been released.
Nationally, the unemployment rate stayed at 3.9 percent from October to November.