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Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

AR Unemployment Climbs to 3.5 Percent in August

AR Unemployment Climbs to 3.5 Percent in August

Unemployment in the First State was up again in August according to the state's Department of Labor. The state's portfolio of private-sector jobs has fallen by 6,300 since August 2016.

The Department of Labor in its analysis of the job numbers says it is possible the upward trend in unemployment is just "statistical noise".

Wisconsin's unemployment rate moved higher in August reaching 3.4 percent after bottoming out in May and June.

In Tulare County, the August unemployment rate was 10.6 percent, down from 10.7 percent in July but above 10.4 percent a year ago. North Dakota and Colorado reported the nation's lowest unemployment rates, at 2.3 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively.

Compared to August 2016, nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas are up by 22,500. Employment in four sectors declined.

Year over year, farms added 700 jobs while nonfarm industries added 1,300 jobs.

Employment in professional and business services increased by 5,100. If you are a job seeker, the Scripps Media Career and Job Fair will be held Tuesday at Abode Venue from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m at 1330 East Douglas in Wichita.

Other services added 1,800 jobs. The largest increase over the past 12 months was in leisure and hospitality (up 25,000), while the largest decline was in government (down 9,600).

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