PB unemployment rose in June


Pine Bluff’s June unemployment rate rose to 10.7 percent from the 10.1 percent reading for May, according to data released Wednesday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

Pine Bluff had the second-highest unemployment rate in the state among cities, second to West Memphis at 12.1 percent. The Arkansas city with the lowest June unemployment rate was Springdale with 4.4 percent.

Jefferson County also saw its June unemployment rate rise to 9 percent from the 8.7 percent May reading.

The Arkansas county with the lowest June unemployment rate was Carroll County with 4.4 percent and the highest rate in the state was Mississippi County with an 11.3 percent reading.

The statewide Arkansas June unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent from the May reading of 6.4 percent.

“The decrease in Arkansas’ unemployment rate this month mirrors the trend seen at the national level,” ADWS Communications Director Becky Heflin said in a press release. “This month’s rate of 6.2 percent is the state’s lowest unemployment rate since November 2008, when the rate was 6.1 percent.”