LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Unemployment in Arkansas fell in August while the national rate rose.
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services reported Friday a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 7.1 percent - down from 7.4 percent in July.
The United State's jobless rate rose three-tenths of a percentage point to 9.7 percent.
DWS spokesman Kimberly Friedman said Friday that while the number of Arkansans with a job fell by 200 - the number of unemployed dropped by 4,300.
Friedman said the biggest increase came in government hiring with 4,500 jobs being added. Most of the increase is due to back-to-school hiring.
Friedman calls the drop in the unemployment rate encouraging, but says it's too soon to say it's an indication of the start of a recovery in the job market.