Arkansas unemployment tops 10 percent; could be worse, state says

Marco Green
May 22, 2020

Unemployment rates rose and total employment fell in all 50 USA states and the District of Columbia in April as efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses to close across the United States, the Labor Department said on Friday. That followed a revised decline of 43,800 jobs in March. The rate in Nevada surged 24.2 percentage points from a year earlier to 28.2% - almost twice April's national unemployment rate of 14.7%. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force. The labor force decreased by 364,700 from March to 3.41 million.

The state's jobless ranks have continued to grow as business closures have continued since mid-March.

In Nevada, home to the global gambling mecca of Las Vegas, half of the almost 245,000 jobs lost in April were in the leisure and hospitality sector. Among the hardest hit were Leisure and Hospitality; Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; Education and Health Services; and Construction.

The coronavirus pandemic ripped through the economy with frightening speed, spurring job losses in every USA state in April.

While the job losses in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Wyoming and still numbered in the thousands, those states saw the slowest paces of deterioration in payrolls. Unemployment in Nevada jumped 21.3 percentage points to 28.2%, while Hawaii's climbed 19.9 points to 22.3%.

Government: a loss of 25,900 jobs, or 5.6 percent.

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