Union County and the state of Arkansas received some encouraging news in the form of a decreased unemployment rate for the month of August following a spike in July, according to data aggregated by Discover Arkansas from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
However, that unemployment rate is likely tinged by a disparity in workforce which in July was at 18,250 people and in August was at 17,875. Out of those numbers only about 175 more Union County residents belonging to the workforce are working.
As as a result, according to preliminary numbers, the jobless rate in Union County dropped a whole percentage point from 9.2 percent to 8.2 percent in July and August, respectively. The rate is the lowest since December 2008, Discover Arkansas figures show.
Similar, but not nearly as large, dips were experienced in the five surrounding counties in southern Arkansas.
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