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AR Unemployment Numbers Rise

By: Elizabeth Monte
Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013

Arkansas unemployment has rose in the month December.

According to labor force data produced by the U.S. Department of Labor Arkansas’ Unemployment is now 7.1 up one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.0 percent in November. 

Arkansas’ civilian labor force decreased 8,500, a result of 8,700 fewer employed and 200 more unemployed Arkansans. The United States’ jobless rate remained stable at 7.8 percent.

DWS Communications Director Kimberly Friedman said, “Arkansas’ unemployment rate increase was spurred by the decline in employment, which brought down the civilian labor force total. The jobless rate is seven-tenths of a percentage point lower than in December 2011 and is still significantly lower than the national rate.”

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