Arkansas Unemployment At 6.2 Percent In July
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Arkansas’ unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in July, according to labor statistics released Monday.
The state Department of Workforce Services said a month ago that 6.2 percent was the state jobless rate for June, but on Monday it said the June rate was later revised to 2.3 percent, so the July rate represents a decline of one-tenth of a percentage point.
Arkansas’ unemployment rate last month was significantly lower than the July 2013 rate of 7.7 percent.
The national unemployment rate in July was also 6.2 percent, which was up from 6.1 in June and down from 7.3 percent a year earlier.
DWS said 1.2 million Arkansans were employed and 81,000 were unemployed in July.
Seven major industry sectors reported job losses and three reported gains in July. The biggest decrease was in government, which declined by 12,700 jobs because of the seasonal closure of public schools and universities.
Trade, transportation and utilities decreased by 900 jobs last month, with the losses occurring in wholesale trade.
Professional and business services added 500 jobs in July, with the growth occurring in administrative and support services.