The jobless rate in Logan County reached the lowest point of the year, so far, in April. According to the state’s Department of Workforce Services, the unemployment rate in Logan County in April was 3.5 percent, the first time this year the rate has been below 4 percent.

Meanwhile, labor force data, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and released recently by DWS, show Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent between March and April.

Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined 1,093, a result of 1,398 fewer employed and 305 more unemployed Arkansans.

BLS Program Operations Manager Susan Price said, “Despite the small decline in the size of the civilian labor force, Arkansas’ unemployment rate remained unchanged in April. This marks the third consecutive month that the state’s jobless rate has been at 3.8 percent.”

In Logan County, there were 8,515 people employed in April compared to 312 unemployed. The April rate was seven-tenths of a percentage point below the 4.2 percent recorded in March. In April 2017, the jobless rate in the county was 3.2 percent.

Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll jobs rose 6,900 in April to total 1,250,400. Employment increased in seven major industry sectors. Three sectors remained stable, while one declined slightly. Professional and business services added 3,400 jobs. Most of the growth occurred in administrative and support services (up 2,900), a subsector which includes employment agencies, landscaping services, and travel agencies.

Jobs in manufacturing rose 1,000. Growth was posted in both nondurable (up 600) and durable (up 400) goods manufacturing. Employment in trade, transportation, and utilities increased 1,000. Gains in retail (up 700) and wholesale (up 600) trade were attributed mostly to seasonal hiring.

Compared to April 2017, nonfarm payroll employment in Arkansas is up 6,100. Five major industry sectors posted growth, while six sectors reported minor losses.

The largest increase occurred in professional and business services (up 4,100). Gains in administrative and support services (up 4,900) more than offset the decline in management of companies (down 800).

Manufacturing added 3,100 jobs. Expansions were reported food manufacturing and machinery manufacturing. Jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities rose 1,300. Transportation, warehousing, and utilities posted the greatest increase, up 1,000. Information declined 1,000, due in part to reported losses in activities such as telecommunications and data processing.