LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas’ unemployment rate for July was 3.9 percent, according to labor statistics released Friday.
The state Department of Workforce Services said data produced by the U.S. Department of Labor shows the state’s July unemployment rate was unchanged from June’s rate, which initially was reported at 3.8 percent but later revised to 3.9 percent.
DWS said 1.3 million Arkansans were employed last month and 52,709 were unemployed.
Arkansas’ July unemployment rate was a full percentage point lower than the national rate of 4.9 percent, which also was unchanged from the previous month.
In July 2015, Arkansas’ unemployment rate was 5.2 percent and the national rate was 5.3 percent.
Six major industry sectors reported overall decreases in employment in July. Three reported increases.
The biggest decrease last month was in government, which lost 12,300 jobs, 10,600 of them in local government and 1,700 in state government. The drop was attributed to the summer break at public schools.
Trade, transportation and utilities lost 2,300 jobs in July, 1,400 of them in retail trade.
Leisure and hospitality also lost 2,300 jobs last month, 1,800 of them in food services and related to temporary shutdowns in school cafeterias and contract services.
Construction added 1,200 jobs in July, a result of seasonal hiring and several large-scale projects.