LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point in October to 7.5 percent, according to labor statistics released Friday.
The state’s jobless rate last month was slightly higher than the October 2012 rate of 7.2 percent and the national unemployment rate for last month of 7.3 percent.
“The rate increase mirrors the trend at the national level,” said Bernadette Coleman, an official at the state Department of Workforce Services, noting that the national rate also rose by one-tenth of a percentage point in October.
DWS said 1.2 million Arkansans were employed in October and 99,800 were out of work.
Five major industry sectors reported job growth last month. The biggest increase was in trade, transportation and utilities, which added 3,300 jobs, some 2,700 of them in retail, related in part to seasonal hiring.
Government added 2,900 jobs in October, with 2,200 of them in local government and reflecting seasonal growth in public school employment.
Six major industry sectors reported job losses last month. The biggest decrease was in professional and business services, which lost 700 jobs. Most of the loss occurred in administrative and support services, which includes landscaping services.