Jobless rate

Columbia County joblessness rose during July.

Columbia County's unemployment rate increased to 5.6 percent in July, up from 4.9 percent in June, according to a county-by-county report released this past week by the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services.

According to the report,Columbia County had a labor force in July of 8,829 persons with 8,334 employed and 495 unemployed. This compares to June's labor force of 9,133 with 8,687 employed and 446 unemployed.

Statewide, Arkansas' unemployment rate was recorded at 3.4 percent for July, down from 3.5 percent in June. According to the ADWS report, for July Arkansas had a labor force of 1,363,167 persons with 1,316,265 employed and 46,902 unemployed. This compares to June's labor force of 1,362,631 with 1,315,337 employed and 47,294 unemployed.

On the national level, the United States' unemployment rate was posted at 3.7 percent for July, unchanged from 3.7 percent in June. According to the report, for July the US labor force was 163,351,000 with 157,228,000 employed ad 6,063,000 unemployed. This compares to June's labor force of 162,981,000 with 157,005,000 employed and 5,975,000 unemployed.

Of the seven neighboring Southwest Arkansas counties surveyed, six saw in increase in the jobless rate from June to July, and one county's rate remained unchanged from June.

Calhoun County's unemployment rate was at 4.4 percent for July, unchanged from June.

Hempstead County's unemployment rate was at 4.3 percent for July, up from 3.8 percent in June.

Lafayette County's unemployment rate was at 5.1 percent for July, up from 4.7 percent in June.

Miller County's unemployment rate was at 4.4 percent for July, up from 4.2 percent in June.

Nevada County's unemployment rate was at 5.1 percent for July, up from 4.5 percent in June.

Ouachita County's unemployment rate was at 5.3 percent for July, up from 4.9 percent in June.

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

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