Arkansas' Unemployment Rate Creeps Up In October

Nov 22, 2013

State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.5 percent in October.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the increase mirrored a similar jump in the national unemployment rate.

The agency says five sectors added jobs last month, with the biggest gain coming in trade, transportation and utilities with the bulk of the increase coming from retail trade jobs.

Education and health services rose by 1,700 jobs, while the government sector increased by 2,900 jobs - mostly in public school employment.

The agency says professional and business services posted the largest decrease of 700 jobs.