LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate remained at 7.3 percent in June for the second month in a row, according to labor statistics released Friday.
The state jobless rate was 0.3 percentage points below the national rate, which held steady at 7.6 percent in June.
The state Department of Workforce Services reported that 1.23 million Arkansans were employed last month and 97,700 were out of work.
Employment decreased in four major industry sectors, offsetting gains in six. One sector remained stable.
The biggest decrease occurred in government with 6,000 jobs lost, 4,300 in state and 1,800 in local governments. The job losses, according to DWS officials, reflect the seasonal decline in public school employment.
Educational and educational services saw 1,100 jobs lost in June, with more than half of that, 600 jobs, caused by seasonal fluctuations at private schools. Employment in other services rose by 2,000. Gains were largely reported in membership associations and organizations.
Jobs in leisure and hospitality rose 1,300, a typical seasonal expansion, officials said.