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Arkansas unemployment rate declines to 6 percent

November 21, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point last month, from 6.2 percent in September to 6 percent in October.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services reported Friday that Arkansas’ civilian labor force gained 7,400 jobs. The agency’s communications director, Becky Heflin, says that compared to October 2013, the number of employed Arkansans is up 3,300.

Seven major industry sectors added jobs, while three sectors declined and one remained stable. Jobs in government increased 3,100, and educational and health services added 1,900 jobs. The agency says jobs in manufacturing rose 1,500 and that employment in professional and business services increased 1,000 jobs. Construction jobs declined by 1,200, a typical seasonal loss.

At 5.8 percent, the United States’ jobless rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point in October.

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