LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.9 percent in December, according to labor statistics released Friday.
The state Department of Workforce Services said data from the U.S. Department of Labor show the state’s unemployment rate last month was eight-tenths of a percentage point below the national rate of 4.7 percent, which was up from 4.6 percent in November.
Arkansas’ jobless rate also was down from its December 2015 rate of 4.7 percent.
DWS said 1.29 million Arkansans were employed and 52,293 were unemployed last month.
Seven major industry sectors saw job losses last month, most of them seasonal. Three sectors reported job increases.
The biggest decrease in December was in professional and business services, which lost 1,800 jobs, all of them in administrative and support services, a subsector that includes seasonal activities such as landscaping.
Government jobs decreased by 1,100 last month, a decline that was attributed to the winter break at public educational facilities.
Trade, transportation and utilities added 2,300 jobs in December, an increase that was attributed to seasonal hiring related to the holiday shopping season.