The unemployment rate in Logan County in November showed a slight rise of one-tenth of 1 percent but the rate was still below 4 percent.
The November jobless rate was 3.4 percent, according to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. October’s jobless rate was 3.3 percent. November is the latest month for which county data is available and the data was released last week. The jobless rate in November, 2016 was 3.7 percent.
The lowest monthly jobless rate in Logan County in 2017 was April’s 3 percent.
In November, there were 8,630 people employed in Logan County and 301 without jobs.
Labor force data, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and released recently by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, show Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point, from 3.6 percent in October to 3.7 percent in November. Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined 6,248, a result of 6,784 fewer employed and 536 more unemployed Arkansans. The United States’ jobless rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent in November.
BLS Program Operations Manager Susan Price said, “The unemployment rate in Arkansas rose slightly in November, brought on by a decline in employment and the size of the civilian labor force. Compared to November 2016, there are currently 36,308 more employed in the state.”
Nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas declined 1,800 in November to total 1,263,000. Three major industry sectors posted losses, while six increased and two were unchanged. Employment in leisure and hospitality dropped 3,800. A majority of the decline occurred in food services (a drop of 2,800), attributed in part to reported staff reductions and closures at full service restaurants. Jobs in construction decreased 1,000, a typical seasonal loss. Trade, transportation, and utilities added 2,100 jobs. Most of the increase occurred in retail trade (up by 2,000), as stores began temporary hiring for the holiday shopping season.
Compared to November 2016, Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll employment is up 21,000. Growth was reported in seven major industry sectors, with four adding 3,000 or more jobs, each. Employment in educational and health services increased 5,700. Gains were posted in both health care and social assistance (up 3,000) and educational services (up 2,700). Manufacturing added 4,800 jobs, mostly in nondurable goods manufacturing (up 4,700). Jobs in professional and business services rose 3,700. Increases occurred in administrative-support services (up 3,200) and professional-scientific-technical services (up 2,400). Construction reported moderate growth, up 3,000. A majority of the expansion was in specialty trade contractors (up 2,300). Other notable gains were posted in trade-transportation-utilities (up 2,300), leisure and hospitality (up 1,600), and other services (up 1,200).