LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.3 percent in August, according to labor statistics released Friday.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.3 percent in August, according to labor statistics released Friday.


"This is the first time that the state’s unemployment rate increased in 2014," said Becky Heflin, spokeswoman for the state Department of Workforce Services.


The state’s jobless rate last month was 1.4 percentage points lower than the August 2013 rate of 7.7 percent.


Arkansas’ unemployment rate for August was slightly higher than the national jobless rate of 6.1 percent, which was down from 6.2 percent in July.


Three major industry sectors added jobs last month, while seven reported declines. The biggest increase was in government, which added 2,800 jobs related to the start of the new school year.


Educational and health services added 1,300 jobs in August, 1,100 of them in health care and social assistance.


Employment in construction increased by 1,300 jobs last month, largely because of hiring in construction of buildings and heavy/civil engineering.


The largest decrease last month was in trade, transportation and utilities, which declined by 800 jobs, most of them in retail trade.