Employment

Columbia County's unemployment rate dropped to 8.4 percent for June, down from 9 percent in May, according to a preliminary county-by-county unemployment report released July 29 by the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services.

According to the report, Columbia County had a labor force in June of 9,144 persons with 8,376 employed and 768 unemployed. This compares to May's labor force of 9,185 persons with 8,361 employed and 824 unemployed.

The state's unemployment rate is recorded at 8.0 percent for June. For the month of June, Arkansas had a labor force of 1,312,290 persons with 1,206,952 employed and 105,338 unemployed. For May, the state's jobless rate was recorded at 9.6 percent. May's statistics were a labor force of 1,343,396 persons with 1,215,161 employed and 128,235 unemployed.

On the national level, the United States' unemployment rate for June is posted at 11.1 percent. According to the ADWS report, for June the U.S. had a labor force of 159,932,000 persons with 142,182,000 employed and 17,750,000 unemployed. This compares to May's statistics of a 13.3 unemployment rate and a labor force of 158,227,000 persons with 137,242,000 employed and 20,985,000 unemployed.

Of the seven neighboring Southwest Arkansas counties surveyed, two had an increase in the jobless rate for June and six showed a decrease.

Calhoun County's unemployment rate was at 6.6 percent for June, up from 6.5 percent in May.

Hempstead County's unemployment rate was at 6.7 percent for June, down from 7.2 percent in May.

Lafayette County's unemployment rate was at 9.7 percent for June, down from 10.3 percent in May.

Miller County's unemployment rate was at 8.7 percent for June, down from 9.9 percent in May.

Nevada County's unemployment rate was at 8.4 percent for June, up from 8.2 percent in May.

Ouachita County's unemployment rate was at 7.8 percent for June, down from 8.1 percent in May.

Union County's unemployment rate was at 11.0 percent for June, down from 11.9 percent in May.

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