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Friday, May 22, 2009

No worse

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2009 at 11:33 AM

I guess this passes for good news. The state's unemployment rate didn't worsen in April, holding steady at 6.5 percent.

UPDATE: It IS good news in context. Our national numbers are about to surpass Europe. And, what's more, only six states, including Arkansas, gained jobs during the month, with Arkansas up there with Montana for most new jobs.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Labor force data, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and released today by the Department of Workforce Services, shows Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April remained stable at 6.5 percent.  The United States’ jobless rate increased four-tenths of a percentage point, from 8.5 percent in March to 8.9 percent in April.


Arkansas’ civilian labor force decreased 500 in April, with 700 fewer employed and 200 more unemployed Arkansans.


DWS Communications Director Kimberly Friedman said, “After experiencing a steady unemployment rate increase during the latter half of 2008, Arkansas’ rate has remained fairly stable in 2009.  This is the second time our rate has remained unchanged this year.”


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