After falling for three consecutive months, Clark County experienced a slight increase in its unemployment rate.

After falling for three consecutive months, Clark County experienced a slight increase in its unemployment rate.
According to statistics provided by the Arkansas Department of Workforce, the unemployment rate for
Clark County for the month of May was 3.7 percent. The unemployment rate for April was 3.2 percent, while an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent was reported for March.
Clark County had a civilian labor force of 9,629 for May. The labor force was 9,613 for April and 9,536 for March. Of the May labor force, 9,274 people were employed, while 354 people were unemployed. A labor force of 9,455 and an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent was reported for May 2016.
Unemployment rates in nearby counties:
• Dallas County reported an increase from 3.6 percent in April to 3.8 percent in May. The unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in March.
• Garland County's unemployment rate increased from 3.2 percent in April to 3.6 percent in May. An unemployment rate of 3.8 percent was reported for March.
• Hempstead County reported an unemployment rate of 3.1 percent. The unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in April and 3.2 percent in March.
• Hot Spring County reported an increase from 2.9 percent in April to 3.4 percent in May. An unemployment rate of 3.4 percent was reported in March.
• Montgomery County's unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent from April to May. An unemployment rate of 4.9 percent was reported for March.
• Nevada County reported an unemployment rate of 3.3. percent for May. The percentage is up slightly from 3.2 percent in April and identical to the unemployment rate for March.
• Ouachita County reported an increase from 4.0 percent in April to 4.3 percent in May. The unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in March.
• Pike County's unemployment rate increased from 3.2 percent in April to 3.5 percent in May. The unemployment rate for March was 3.9 percent.
• Saline County reported an unemployment rate 2.8 percent. An unemployment rate of 2.6 percent was reported for April, while an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent was reported for March.
Preliminary statistics (not seasonally adjusted) for the state of Arkansas showed
there were 45,676 people unemployed out of a labor force of 1,364,495 for an unemployment rate of 3.3 percent. The percentage is up slightly from 3.1 percent in April, but down from 3.6 percent in March.
Seasonally adjusted statistics for the state show there were 46,626 people unemployed out of a labor force of 1,355,290 for an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent. The percentage is down slightly from 3.5 percent in April and 3.6 percent in March.

The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent from April to May.