The unemployment rate in Logan County rose slightly to 4.3 percent in June, according to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
That’s up from the 3.9 percent rate recorded in May. The rate last June was 4.1 percent. The latest jobless rate was released on Aug. 1.
Meanwhile, Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained stable at 3.8 percent between May and June. Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined 1,348, a result of 951 fewer employed and 397 fewer unemployed Arkansans.
According to DWS, there were 8,533 people with jobs in the county in June compared to 381 who did not have jobs.
Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll jobs declined 4,900 in June to total 1,250,700. Employment decreased in five major industry sectors, while four sectors expanded and two were unchanged.
The largest drop occurred in government (down 5,400). Losses in state (down 4,300) and local (down 1,100) government were seasonal, attributed to the start of summer break at public schools and universities. Employment in educational and health services declined 1,500. All decreases were in educational services, as private schools also began closing for the summer. Construction added 1,900 jobs, a typical seasonal expansion. Employment in professional and business services rose 1,200. Hiring was reported in both professional-scientific-technical services (up 700) and management of companies (up 700).
Compared to June 2017, nonfarm payroll employment in Arkansas is up 10,200. Six major industry sectors posted growth, more than offsetting the losses in four sectors. The largest increase occurred in professional and business services (up 7,100). A majority of the gains were in administrative and support services (up 6,500), a subsector which includes activities such as temporary help services, landscaping, and telephone call centers. Manufacturing added 2,500 jobs. Gains were posted in both nondurable goods (up 1,700) and durable goods ( up 800) manufacturing. Jobs in educational and health services rose 2,000. Most of the growth was in educational services (up 1,400). Leisure and hospitality declined 1,200. Minor losses were posted in all subsectors. Jobs in information decreased 1,000. The subsector includes activities such as newspaper publishing, television broadcasting, and satellite telecommunications.