LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate in October was 4 percent, the same rate as the previous month, according to labor statistics released Friday.
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said data from the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics show the state’s unemployment rate last month was nine-tenths of a percentage point below the national October unemployment rate of 4.9 percent, which was down from 5 percent in September.
DWS said 1.3 million Arkansans were employed and 54,559 were unemployed in October.
Jobs increased in seven major industry sectors and decreased in four sectors last month. The biggest increase was in government, which added 1,900 jobs — 1,100 of them in local government and 800 in state government — as public school employment approached full capacity.
Educational and health services saw jobs increase by 1,700 in October, with 1,300 of the new jobs added in health care and social assistance.
Jobs in professional and business services increased by 1,500 last month, with 1,300 of the new jobs created in administrative and support services, a subsector that includes employment agencies.
The biggest decrease was in leisure and hospitality, which declined by 1,500 jobs, 1,000 of them in arts, entertainment and recreation, a typical seasonal decrease.