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Columbia County added to its number of employed persons in August.

Columbia County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in August, down from 5.6 percent in July, according to a county-by-county report released this past week by the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services.

According to the report, for August Columbia County had a labor force of 8,912 persons with 8,433 employed and 429 unemployed. This compares to July's labor force of 8,829 persons with 8,334 employed and 495 unemployed.

Of the seven neighboring Southwest Arkansas counties surveyed, six showed a decrease in the jobless rate from July to August while one county's rate remained unchanged.

Calhoun County's unemployment rate was at 4.2 percent for August, down from 4.4 percent in July.

Hempstead County's unemployment rate was at 4.0 percent for August, down from 4.3 percent in July.

Lafayette County's unemployment rate was at 5.1 percent for August, unchanged from 5.1 percent in July.

Miller County's unemployment rate was at 4.1 percent for August, down from 4.4 percent in July.

Nevada County's unemployment rate was at 4.0 percent for August, down from 5.1 percent in July.

Ouachita County's unemployment rate was at 5.0 percent for August, down from 5.3 percent in July.

Union County's unemployment rate was at 5.3 percent for August, down from 5.9 percent in July.

Statewide, Arkansas' unemployment report was posted at 3.4 percent for August, unchanged from 3.4 percent in July. The ADWS report stated that for August the state's labor force was 1,362,514 persons with 1,315,649 employed and 46,865 unemployed. For July, the state's labor force was 1,363,167 persons with 1,316,265 employed and 46,902 unemployed.

Nationally, the United States' unemployment rate was recorded at 3.7 percent for August, unchanged from 3.7 percent in July. According to the ADWS report, the August labor force was 163,922,000 persons with 157,878,000 employed and 6,044,000 unemployed. For July, the U.S. labor force was 163,351,000 persons with 157,228,000 employed and 6,063,000 unemployed.

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