LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.8 percent in January, according to labor statistics released Monday.
The state Department of Workforce Services said data from the U.S. Department of Labor show the state’s unemployment rate in January was 1 percentage point below the national rate of 4.8 percent, which was up from 4.7 percent in December.
Arkansas’ jobless rate also was down from its January 2016 rate of 4.2 percent.
DWS said 1.29 million Arkansans were employed and 50,681 were unemployed in January.
Ten major industry sectors saw job losses in January, most of them seasonal.
The biggest decrease in January was in trade, transportation and utilities, which lost 7,200 jobs. The decrease was attributed to the end of the holiday shopping season.
Government jobs decreased by 6,000 in January. DWS said 4,200 job losses in state government and 1,400 job losses in local government were related to the winter break at public schools.
Professional and businesses services lost 5,900 jobs in January, 5,100 of them in administrative and support services, which includes employment agencies.
Leisure and hospitality jobs decreased by 2,400 in January. The loss was attributed to seasonal contractions in accommodation and food services.