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Arkansas unemployment up in September

By: 22 October 2010 One Comment

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services reports that unemployment increased to 7.7 percent in September from 7.5 percent in August.

Arkansas beat out the national unemployment rate of 9.6 percent in September. The state unemployment rate in September last year was 7.5 percent.

What’s going on here? The Department, in a news release, states continued declines in the manufacturing industry and the loss of temporary jobs for Census workers are primarily to blame for the higher unemployment rate in September. More than a couple of economists have predicted unemployment rates would rise once those temporary Census jobs started to vanish, so the September unemployment rate wasn’t much of a surprise.

Click here for the Department’s news release on the state’s September unemployment rate.

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