Pine Bluff May unemployment unchanged from April

While the unemployment rate for Pine Bluff remained at 10.1 percent in May, that number became the highest in the state after West Memphis improved to 9.9 percent from April’s 11.1 percent.

Data released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services on Tuesday also showed that Springdale recorded the lowest May unemployment rate among cities in the state at 4.5 percent.

Jefferson County posted an unemployment rate of 8.7 percent for May, which is slightly up from April’s 8.6 percent but down from the March rate of 9.7 percent.

Carroll County in northwest Arkansas recorded the lowest May unemployment rate among counties in the state with 4.5 percent, while Chicot County in far Southeast Arkansas recorded the highest at 9.8 percent.

Arkansas recorded 6.4 percent unemployment in May, down from 6.6 percent in April and 6.9 percent in March.

“Arkansas’ unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point in May,” Department of Workforce Services Communications Director Becky Heflin said in a press release. “The rate has decreased for eight consecutive months and is down more than one full percentage point compared to May 2013.”

United States unemployment for May came in at 6.3 percent, which equals the April number but is lower than the March reading of 6.7 percent.