LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 4 percent in September, 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 shows the state’s unemployment rate last month was one percentage point below the national rate of 5 percent, which was up from 4.9 percent in August.
DWS said 1.3 million Arkansans were employed and 54,817 were unemployed in September.
Jobs in four major industry sectors increased last month, more than offsetting small decreases in six sectors. The biggest increase was in government, which added 13,000 jobs at public school and universities.
Educational and health services added 4,600 jobs in September, 3,000 of them at private schools.
Manufacturing added 1,000 jobs in nondurable goods manufacturing last month, an increase that was attributed in part to hiring in food manufacturing.
The biggest decrease in September was in trade, transportation and utilities, which lost 1,600 jobs, 1,100 of them in wholesale trade and 500 in retail trade. The decrease was typical for the season.