The unemployment rate in Arkansas increased in May, climbing from 7.7 percent in April to 7.8 percent, reports the AP. Statistics released today by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services show the state’s civilian labor force declined 3,600, a result of 1,200 more unemployed and 4,800 fewer employed residents.
Workforce Services spokeswoman Kimberly Friedman says the one-tenth of a percentage point increase mirrors the trend seen at the national level, where unemployment climbed from 9 percent in April to 9.1 percent in May. Officials say job losses posted in three major industry sectors offset minor increases in six industries. The biggest decrease came in the professional and business services sector, which lost 2,600 jobs. The administrative and support services subsector lost 1,400 jobs. The leisure and hospitality sector added 1,400 jobs.