The Department of Workforce Services released new figures today that show Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.8-percent in May to 8.1-percent in June.
Arkansas' civilian labor force declined 8,500, a result of 11,000 fewer employed and 2,500 more unemployed Arkansans. At 9.2-percent, the United States' jobless rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point.
DWS Communications Director Kimberly Friedman said, "The number of employed Arkansans declined in June, contributing to the increase in the unemployment rate. Compared to June 2010, there are still 5,900 more people in the labor force and 1,700 more employed Arkansans."
A majority of the additions occurred in administrative and support services, related mostly to hiring in support services at temporary employment agencies. Leisure and hospitality added 1,900 jobs.
Most of the gains were attributed to seasonal employment in arts, entertainment, and recreation (+1,200). Construction posted a seasonal increase of 1,600 jobs. Employment in government dropped 5,200. Losses occurred in both state and local government, related to summer break at public education facilities.
Since June 2010, nonfarm payroll employment in Arkansas rose 5,100. Seven major industry sectors posted job growth, more than offsetting the declines in three sectors. One sector remained the same. Leisure and hospitality enjoyed the largest increase (+5,200).
A majority of the gains were reported in food services (+4,300). Professional and business services added 5,000 jobs. Most of the growth occurred in the administrative and support services subsector (+4,300), which includes both permanent and temporary employment agencies. Employment in trade, transportation, and utilities rose 2,300.
Both transportation-warehousing-utilities (+2,400) and retail trade (+900) added jobs, more than offsetting the loss in wholesale trade. Government jobs decreased 5,600, caused mostly by the end of the 2010 census.