Ark unemployment rate up to 7.0 percent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas unemployment rate for May was 7.0 percent, half of a percentage point higher than in April.

The Arkansas rate is still well below the national rate of 9.4 percent, which also grew by five-tenths of a percentage point. The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's civilian labor force picked up 1,100 workers in May, but with 6,500 more unemployed and 5,400 fewer employed Arkansas workers. Workforce Services spokeswoman Kimberly Friedman says layoffs in manufacturing are the main reason for the increase in state unemployment.

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