Local unemployment rate falls in November

Data released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services on Tuesday show that Pine Bluff recorded a November unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, which is down from the 10.1 percent October number and up slightly from the 9.6 percent September reading.

Jefferson County had an 8.5 percent unemployment rate in November, down from 8.8 percent in October and equal to the September reading of 8.5 percent.

Arkansas logged a November unemployment rate of 7.0 percent, down from the October reading of 7.2 percent and the September rate of 7.1 percent.

“Decreases in the number of employed and unemployed caused a decline in the size of the civilian labor force, which led to a drop in the rate,” said ADWS communnications director Kimberly Friedman. “Arkansas’ unemployment rate has trended downward so far this year, ranging from a high of 7.6 percent in January and February to a low of 7.0 percent in November.”

The national unemployment rate for November was 7.7 percent, which was down from October’s 7.9 percent figure and September’s 7.8 percent reading.