The jobless rate in Logan County dropped almost a full percentage point in April to 5.6 percent, the lowest rate in six years, according to statistics released last week by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
April is the latest month for which county-wide statistics are available. The unemployment rate in March was 6.5 percent, which was also a six-year low. The April jobless rate is the lowest since April 2008 when the county’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent.
Meanwhile, the unemployement rate in Arkansas was 6.4 percent in May, two-tenths of a percentage point lower than the April reading of 6.6 percent.
DWS Communications Director Becky Heflin said, "Arkansas’ unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point in May. The rate has decreased for eight consecutive months and is down more than one full percentage point, compared to May 2013."
Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll jobs rose 1,800 in May. Eight major industry sectors added jobs, with declines posted in three sectors. Educational and health services increased 1,100. Gains in health care and social assistance (+1,400) offset the minor seasonal losses in educational services (-300). Employment in construction rose 800, a typical seasonal expansion. A large portion of the hiring was reported in heavy and civil engineering construction. Jobs in government declined 1,000. All losses were in state government (-1,600), related to the start of summer break at public colleges and universities.
Since May 2013, nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas have increased 13,500. Six major industry sectors posted growth, while four sectors declined slightly, and one was unchanged.
In Logan Couty, 8,650 people were working in April and 525 were unemployed.