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New report shows increase in unemployment to 4 percent

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Workforce Services, Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point, from 3.9 percentage in August to 4 percent last month.

Nationally, the jobless rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point in September coming to 5 percent.

While there were nonfarm payroll job increases in Arkansas last month, that is due to four major industry sectors added jobs that were able to offset the small declines in all six sectors. Government, health services and education sector jobs all saw increases.

The declines stemmed from construction with a loss of 1,300 jobs, mining and logging which saw a decrease of 1,200 and manufacturing that saw a loss of 700 jobs. Manufacturing also saw an increase in the nondurable goods market which boosted 1,000 jobs for the year but was ultimately not enough to offset the losses in comparison to previous years.

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