Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Arkansas

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August 8, 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 June of this year, national unemployment is at 3.5%, 0.1% lower than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.9% in New Mexico and 5.5% 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 June 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#50. Baxter County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 16,786 (664 unemployed)
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#49. White County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 34,280 (1,368 unemployed)
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#48. Marion County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 6,412 (256 unemployed)
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#47. Little River County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 5,449 (220 unemployed)
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#46. Pulaski County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 189,513 (7,683 unemployed)

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#45. Hot Spring County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 13,991 (570 unemployed)
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#44. Cross County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 7,058 (290 unemployed)
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#43. Polk County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 7,751 (319 unemployed)
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#42. Ouachita County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 9,873 (408 unemployed)
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#41. Conway County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 8,540 (355 unemployed)

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#40. Woodruff County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 2,747 (115 unemployed)
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#39. Perry County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 4,202 (178 unemployed)
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#38. Miller County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 19,669 (837 unemployed)
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#37. Cleveland County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 3,178 (137 unemployed)
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#36. Lawrence County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 6,495 (280 unemployed)

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#35. Searcy County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 3,120 (135 unemployed)
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#34. Sevier County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 5,301 (231 unemployed)
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#33. Dallas County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 2,797 (122 unemployed)
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#32. Pike County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 4,211 (184 unemployed)
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#31. Logan County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 8,430 (369 unemployed)

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#30. Pope County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 27,403 (1,225 unemployed)
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#29. Clay County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +1.1%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 5,382 (241 unemployed)
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#28. Garland County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 41,912 (1,880 unemployed)
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#27. Cleburne County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 9,253 (416 unemployed)
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#26. Yell County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 7,771 (354 unemployed)

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#25. Nevada County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 3,352 (155 unemployed)
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#24. Crittenden County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 21,136 (990 unemployed)
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#23. Bradley County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 4,074 (193 unemployed)
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#22. Sharp County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.9%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 5,873 (281 unemployed)
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#21. Van Buren County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 6,097 (292 unemployed)

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#20. Johnson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 10,027 (486 unemployed)
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#19. Monroe County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 2,617 (127 unemployed)
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#18. Stone County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
--- 1 month change: +1.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 4,630 (227 unemployed)
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#17. Lincoln County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 3,803 (190 unemployed)
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#16. Drew County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 7,397 (370 unemployed)

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#15. Columbia County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 8,760 (448 unemployed)
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#14. Montgomery County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 2,899 (149 unemployed)
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#13. Jackson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 5,534 (295 unemployed)
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#12. Lee County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 2,486 (135 unemployed)
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#11. Clark County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
--- 1 month change: +1.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 8,595 (481 unemployed)

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#10. St. Francis County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 7,624 (427 unemployed)
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#9. Union County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 15,045 (844 unemployed)
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#8. Lafayette County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
--- 1 month change: +1.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 2,297 (132 unemployed)
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#7. Izard County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.0%
--- 1 month change: +1.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 4,342 (260 unemployed)
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#6. Jefferson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 26,850 (1,619 unemployed)

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#5. Desha County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 4,831 (302 unemployed)
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#4. Ashley County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 6,801 (454 unemployed)
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#3. Mississippi County

- Current Unemployment rate: 7.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 16,158 (1,161 unemployed)
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#2. Phillips County

- Current Unemployment rate: 7.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 5,650 (418 unemployed)
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#1. Chicot County

- Current Unemployment rate: 8.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 2,947 (238 unemployed)

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