County unemployment below statewide rate
The unemployment rate for Saline County continues to come in below the state average, according to data obtained from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
The March numbers, which are the latest numbers available, show that Saline County has an unemployment rate of 2.7 percent (not seasonally adjusted) compared to the 3.7 percent average for the state.
“With the addition of 2,079 more employed Arkansans in March, employment in the State has increased for three consecutive months,” said Bureau of Labor Statstics Program Operations Manager Susan Price in a press release. “The number of employed is up 8,585 compared to March 2018.”
Saline County is one of the top five counties in the state with the lowest unemployment rates, tying with Craighead County.
Madison and Washington counties rank first with 2.3 percent unemployment rate, followed by Benton County with a 2.5 percent rate.
With a total labor force of 57,981, Saline County currently has 1,582 unemployed.
The ADWS stated that Arkansas’ civilian labor force increased
1,610, a result of 2,079 additional employed and 469 fewer unemployed Arkansans. The United States’ jobless rate was stable at
3.8 percent between February and March.
State nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 5,400 in March, totaling 1,270,100. Seven major industries added jobs with three reporting declining employment. Leisure and hospitality jobs were up with
seasonal gains reported in accommodation and food services along with arts, entertainment and recreations.
Construction jobs increased due to seasonal hiring, but manufacturing jobs
declined by 1,000.
Employment in educational and health services were up along with trade, transpiration and utilities.
Jobs in professional and business services declined by 1,100 with all losses being in administration and support services, namely employment agencies.