LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate for August was 3.9 percent for the third month in a row, according to labor statistics released Tuesday.


The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said data produced by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the state’s unemployment rate last month was one percentage point below the national rate of 4.9 percent, which was unchanged from July.


“While jobless rates in Arkansas and the U.S. were both at 5.1 percent in August 2015, Arkansas has declined at a faster pace,” said Susan Price, BLS program operations manager for the Arkansas agency.


DWS said 1.3 million Arkansans were employed and 53,170 were unemployed in August.


Jobs in four major industry sectors in Arkansas increased last month, more than offsetting minor declines in six sectors. The biggest increase was in government, which added 3,200 jobs, half of them in local government and half in state government. The increase was attributed to the start of a new school year.


Trade, transportation and utilities added 1,500 jobs in August, an increase that was attributed to seasonal hiring.


Educational and health services added 1,400 jobs, 900 of them in health care and social assistance and 500 of them in educational services.