Columbia County's unemployment rate rose from 4.3 percent in April to 4.9 percent in May, according to a county by county report released this week by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
For May, Columbia County had a labor force of 9,016 persons with 440 classified as unemployed. This compares to April's labor force of 9,037 persons with 393 considered unemployed.
Statewide, Arkansas' unemployment rate is recorded at 3.8 percent for May -unchanged from 3.8 percent in April. According to the DWS report, Arkansas' labor force for May was 1,350,319 with 1,299,095 classified as employed and 51,224 unemployed. For April, the state's labor force was 1,351,983 with 1,300,327 employed and 51,656 unemployed.
The United States' unemployment rate for May was posted at 3.8 percent for May, down from 3.9 percent in April. For May, the U.S. labor force was 161,539,000 with 155,474,000 employed and 6,065,000 unemployed. This compares to April's labor force of 161,527,000 with 155,181,000 employed and 6,346,000 unemployed.
Of the seven neighboring Southwest Arkansas counties surveyed, four showed an increase in the jobless rate, two showed a decrease, and one county's rate was unchanged from April.
Calhoun County's unemployment rate declined to 3.7 percent in May, down from 3.9 percent in April.
Hempstead County's unemployment rate increased to 3.3 percent in May, up from 3.0 percent in April.
Lafayette County's unemployment rate remained at 4.8 percent in May, unchanged from April.
Miller County's unemployment rate increased to 4.8 percent in May, up from 4.1 percent in April.
Nevada County's unemployment rate increased to 3.3 percent in May, up from 3.1 percent in April.
Ouachita County's unemployment rate increased to 4.6 percent in May, up from 4.4 percent in April.
Union County's unemployment rate declined from 5.4 percent in May, down from 5.6 percent in April.