LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas' unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.0 percent in November, labor statistics released Tuesday show.
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.0 percent in November, labor statistics released Tuesday show.
“The number of employed Arkansans increased for the third consecutive month,” said Kimberly Friedman, state Department of Workforce Services spokeswoman. “The gain of 10,000 employed in November was a significant factor in the unemployment rate’s decline. There are 4,800 more employed Arkansas residents than in November 2010.”
The state’s unemployment rate last month was 0.6 percentage points below the national unemployment rate, which dropped 0.4 percent from October.
Arkansas’ unemployment was 0.1 percent higher than the November 2010 rate of 7.9 percent.
Workforce Services reported nearly 1.25 million people were employed last month in Arkansas and 108,500 were out of work. The number of people unemployed in October was 111,800.
Eight major industry sectors posted gains in November, more than offsetting declines in three sectors. Trade, transportation and utilities rose 3,900, most were seasonal with retail trade adding 3,800 for the holidays.
Education and health services jobs rose 2,100, with most of the gain, 1,200, in social assistance related to hiring in child day care and individual-family services.
Manufacturing added 900 jobs, both in nondurable goods, 500, and durable goods, 400, and increases were related to gains in food manufacturing and fabricated metal product manufacturing.
Construction fell 1,600, with the drop blamed mostly on weather.
Leisure and hospitality jobs dropped 1,300 in November, with much of the decrease seen as seasonal and spread throughout subsectors, including arts-entertainment-recreation with a drop in employment of 900.