County un­em­ploy­ment be­low statewide rate

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Dana Guthrie [email protected]­ton­courier.com

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.

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