LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.2 percent in September, according to labor statistic released Tuesday.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.2 percent in September, according to labor statistic released Tuesday.


The state’s jobless rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the September 2013 rate of 7.7 percent, the state Department of Workforce Services announced.


Arkansas’ unemployment rate last month was three-tenths of a percentage point higher than the national rate of 5.9 percent.


DWS said 1.2 million Arkansans were employed in September and 81,000 were unemployed.


"The number of employed Arkansans rose 4,500 in September, the first employment gain since March 2014," said DWS spokeswoman Becky Heflin.


Five major industry sectors reported increases in jobs in September, more than offsetting decreases in five sectors. The biggest growth was in government jobs, which rose by 13,100, with 7,800 added in local government and 5,200 in state government. The increase was attributed to seasonal hiring at public education facilities.


Education and health services added 2,300 jobs last month, 2,100 of them in educational services and related to seasonal hiring at private schools and colleges.


Professional and business services, which includes employment agencies and business support services, grew by 2,000 jobs in September.


The largest decrease last month was in leisure and hospitality, which declined by 1,100 jobs as summer-related businesses closed.


Jobs in other services decreased by 1,000 jobs in September.