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Arkansas unemployment drops to 7.2 percent

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published May 18, 2012 at 9:29 a.m.

— The unemployment rate in Arkansas fell to 7.2 percent in April, the Department of Workforce Services said Friday.

That was a slight drop from the month before when the rate was 7.4 percent.

The civilian labor force increased by 500 because of 3,300 more employed and 2,800 fewer unemployed Arkansans in April, the agency said.

The number of employed Arkansans has now increased for nine straight months and the figure in April was 30,700 more than the same period a year ago.

According to figures released Friday, non-farm payroll jobs increased by 6,100 in April with gains in eight sectors, led by leisure and hospitality (3,700 jobs), educational and health services (1,100 jobs) and health care and social assistance (800 jobs).

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djigoo says... May 18, 2012 at 10:02 a.m.

It might not be as quick as we'd like, but the Obama recovery is lifting us out of the Bush recession. Going back to the failed policies of the past like Romney would do is absolutely the wrong thing for America.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... May 18, 2012 at 12:59 p.m.

It is the tourist season.

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