Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Arkansas

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November 15, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Arkansas

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of October of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.2% higher than in September. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 2.0% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in Illinois and 4.7% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Arkansas using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in September 2022.

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#50. Pike County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 4,160 (153 unemployed)
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#49. White County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.6%
- Total labor force: 34,120 (1,250 unemployed)
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#48. Woodruff County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 2,815 (105 unemployed)
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#47. Cross County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 7,019 (270 unemployed)
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#46. Perry County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
- Total labor force: 4,176 (158 unemployed)

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#45. Polk County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 7,831 (296 unemployed)
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#44. Baxter County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: +0.8%
- Total labor force: 16,811 (652 unemployed)
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#43. Clay County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.9%
- Total labor force: 5,509 (216 unemployed)
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#42. Conway County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.5%
- Total labor force: 8,413 (327 unemployed)
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#41. Hot Spring County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: +0.7%
- Total labor force: 13,518 (525 unemployed)

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#40. Lawrence County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.5%
- Total labor force: 6,829 (268 unemployed)
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#39. Pulaski County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 186,802 (7,283 unemployed)
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#38. Marion County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: +0.7%
- Total labor force: 6,361 (256 unemployed)
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#37. Pope County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: +0.9%
- Total labor force: 27,676 (1,104 unemployed)
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#36. Yell County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: +0.7%
- Total labor force: 7,968 (315 unemployed)

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#35. Cleveland County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: +1.0%
- Total labor force: 3,132 (127 unemployed)
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#34. Little River County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.5%
- Total labor force: 5,332 (219 unemployed)
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#33. Logan County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.8%
- Total labor force: 8,345 (342 unemployed)
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#32. Miller County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.3%
- Total labor force: 19,237 (782 unemployed)
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#31. Nevada County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.7%
- Total labor force: 3,386 (139 unemployed)

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#30. Sevier County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.7%
- Total labor force: 5,419 (220 unemployed)
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#29. Dallas County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.5%
- Total labor force: 2,730 (114 unemployed)
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#28. Stone County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.6%
- Total labor force: 4,632 (195 unemployed)
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#27. Cleburne County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.7%
- Total labor force: 9,070 (391 unemployed)
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#26. Garland County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 40,880 (1,752 unemployed)

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#25. Johnson County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: +0.5%
- Total labor force: 10,023 (433 unemployed)
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#24. Clark County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: +0.7%
- Total labor force: 8,695 (386 unemployed)
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#23. Sharp County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 5,792 (256 unemployed)
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#22. Crittenden County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 20,956 (935 unemployed)
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#21. Ouachita County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: +1.2%
- Total labor force: 8,844 (399 unemployed)

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#20. Searcy County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +1.0%
- Total labor force: 2,887 (129 unemployed)
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#19. Van Buren County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.8%
- Total labor force: 5,987 (270 unemployed)
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#18. Lincoln County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: +0.8%
- Total labor force: 3,761 (173 unemployed)
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#17. Monroe County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: +0.3%
- Total labor force: 2,544 (116 unemployed)
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#16. Columbia County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: +0.6%
- Total labor force: 8,748 (408 unemployed)

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#15. Drew County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.8%
- Total labor force: 7,607 (358 unemployed)
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#14. Lafayette County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 2,312 (111 unemployed)
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#13. Montgomery County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.9%
- Total labor force: 2,939 (142 unemployed)
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#12. Lee County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.3%
- Total labor force: 2,584 (128 unemployed)
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#11. Jackson County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +1.2%
- Total labor force: 5,526 (287 unemployed)

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#10. Bradley County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: +1.6%
- Total labor force: 4,185 (223 unemployed)
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#9. Izard County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: +0.9%
- Total labor force: 4,450 (235 unemployed)
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#8. Union County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.4%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 14,801 (799 unemployed)
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#7. St. Francis County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.6%
- Total labor force: 7,677 (432 unemployed)
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#6. Desha County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.7%
- Total labor force: 4,884 (283 unemployed)

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#5. Jefferson County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: +0.5%
- Total labor force: 25,979 (1,528 unemployed)
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#4. Mississippi County

- Current unemployment rate: 6.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 16,363 (976 unemployed)
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#3. Ashley County

- Current unemployment rate: 6.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: +1.0%
- Total labor force: 6,844 (466 unemployed)
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#2. Chicot County

- Current unemployment rate: 7.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.7%
- Total labor force: 2,962 (221 unemployed)
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#1. Phillips County

- Current unemployment rate: 7.8%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: +1.6%
- Total labor force: 5,563 (433 unemployed)

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