Arkansas December Unemployment Rate Drops

Little Rock  -- Unemployment numbers are down in Arkansas according to the rate in December.

New figures out today show the state's jobless rate dropped to 7.4 percent last month, from 7.5 percent in November.

The labor force data, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics was released today by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (DWS).

DWS officials say Arkansas’ civilian labor force rose 2,600, a result of 3,200 more employed and 600 fewer unemployed Arkansans.

“Arkansas’ unemployment rate declined in December, largely the result of a gain in employment and a corresponding increase in the size of the civilian labor force. This is the second month in a row that Arkansas’ employment has increased,” says DWS Communications Director Becky Heflin.

The United States’ jobless rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point, from 7.0 percent in November to 6.7 percent in December.

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