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Arkansas Unemployment Rate for August Dips to 5.4 Percent

SEPTEMBER 3, 2004 - Posted at 3:57 p.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The jobless rate in Arkansas fell to 5.4 percent in August, a drop of 0.2 percent from the month before.

The numbers were announced today by the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board.

The Arkansas unemployment rate was in line with the national rate, which dropped a tenth of a point to 5.4 percent for the month.

The agency says the state gained jobs in eight of the eleven major non-farm industries.  Jobs in education make up most of the current increase, with smaller additions in professional-business services, trade-transportation-utilities, manufacturing, and construction.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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