Arkansas unemployment rate at 6.2 percent for June

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.2 percent in June, according to labor statistics released Friday.

“The decrease in Arkansas’ unemployment rate this month mirrors the trend seen at the national level,” said Becky Heflin, spokeswoman for the state Department of Workforce Services. “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.”

The national unemployment rate for June was 6.1 percent, which also was down by two-tenths of a percentage point from May.

Arkansas’ jobless rate was 7.5 percent in June 2013.

DWS said 1.2 million Arkansas were employed in June and 81,600 were unemployed.

Four major industries posted job losses in June and six posted gains. The biggest decrease was in government jobs, which fell by 5,900 overall. DWS said 4,300 jobs were lost in state government and 1,700 in local government, attributable to the summer break at public schools and universities.

Educational and health services experienced a loss of 2,600 jobs, with 1,700 of the jobs lost in health care and social assistance.

Manufacturing saw a job increase of 1,900, with 1,200 of the jobs gained in durable goods as manufacturing plants added employees.