Arkansas Unemployment Numbers Up

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rose two-tenths of a percentage point in May, increasing to 5.2 percent.

The national average of 4.5 percent remained unchanged in May.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says that in May, the number of employed Arkansans dropped by 6,600 to 1,304,900, while the number of employed residents increased by 2,500 to 71,300.

Seven of eleven industry sectors saw gains from April to May.  Jobs decreased in the government and manufacturing sectors.

The department says manufacturing lost 7,500 jobs, reducing the industry's size by 3.8 percent.  Manufacturing losses came in both durable and nondurable goods.

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