PB jobless rate remains highest in state


Data released Wednesday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services showed a March unemployment rate of 11.8 percent for Pine Bluff, which was the highest in Arkansas for the second consecutive month.

The February number for Pine Bluff was also 11.8 percent, which was down from the January figure of 12.2 percent.

Bentonville had the lowest March unemployment rate in the state with a 4.7 percent reading.

Jefferson County recorded a March unemployment rate of 10.3 percent, which is down slightly from February’s 10.4 percent and January’s 10.9 percent.

Ashley County in Southeast Arkansas recorded the highest March unemployment number in the state with 11.9 percent while Washington County in the northwest corner of the state recorded the lowest March unemployment rate of 5.3 percent.

The Arkansas unemployment rate for March was 7.2 percent for the third consecutive month, matching the January and February figures.

The national unemployment rate for March was 7.6 percent, down from 7.7 percent in February and 7.9 percent in January.