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Unemployment rate sees drop in NEA

The state of Arkansas has seen an increase in jobs in recent months, with officials saying the...
The state of Arkansas has seen an increase in jobs in recent months, with officials saying the three largest areas in the state providing a lion’s share of that growth.(WAVE 3 News)
Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 10:20 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) -The state of Arkansas has seen an increase in jobs in recent months, with officials saying the three largest areas in the state providing a lion’s share of that growth.

According to content partner Talk Business & Politics, Arkansas’ three largest metropolitan areas had nearly 31,000 more people working in August, compared with the same time in 2020.

The job growth made up nearly 70% of the state’s new jobs in August, with officials noting all three areas in Region 8 seeing drops in the unemployment rate.

The Jonesboro area went from 5.8% in Aug. 2020 to 3.2% in August, while Central Arkansas fell from 7.1% in August 2020 to 4% in August.

One of the largest drops in the state was in the Memphis-West Memphis area.

The area, which includes Crittenden County, saw its unemployment rate go from 10.9% in Aug. 2020 to 6.1% in August.

The state’s lowest unemployment rate was in Northwest Arkansas, which had a 2.7% rate.

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