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State unemployment rate falls to 6.2% in June

By Arkansas Online

This article was published July 18, 2014 at 9:37 a.m.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent in June, the state Department of Workforce Services said Friday.

That represented a decline of two-tenths of a percentage point from the rate of 6.4 percent recorded in May, the department said. The drop matched the national trend, as the U.S. jobless rate dipped to 6.1 percent in June from 6.3 percent in May.

“The decrease in Arkansas’ unemployment rate this month mirrors the trend seen at the national level,” Workforce Services spokesman Becky Heflin said in a statement. “This month’s rate of 6.2 percent is the state’s lowest unemployment rate since November 2008, when the rate was 6.1 percent.”

The state's civilian labor force, which is a sum of employed and unemployed Arkansans, decreased by 9,300 — a result of 6,700 fewer employed and 2,600 fewer unemployed Arkansans, Heflin said.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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