[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Unemployment July 2015

 

Though there was an uptick in the unemployment rate across all Southeast Arkansas counties in the last month, one had the largest unemployment rate decrease in the state over the last year while another had the state’s third largest drop, according to information released this week by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

The Bradley County unemployment rate fell from 9.3 percent in July 2014 to 7.1 percent in July 2015. It was the largest drop in the state from 2014 to 2015.

Drew County’s unemployment rate fell from 9.8 percent in 2014 to 8 percent in July 2015; it was the third largest decrease in the state.

The two counties mirrored the state’s declining unemployment rate from over the last year. Only four counties (Lafayette, Logan, Mississippi and Scott) saw increases from July 2014 to July 2015 and one, Desha County, remained the same during that period.

And, though Chicot County has the second highest unemployment rate in Arkansas, it did see a decrease over the last year. The Chicot County unemployment rate dropped from 11.2 percent in July 2014 to 10.1 percent in July 2015.

The unemployment rates in Southeast Arkansas, by county, from July 2014 to July 2015 were:

Ashley County – from 10 percent to 9 percent.
Bradley County – from 9.3 percent to 7.1 percent.
Chicot County – from 11.2 percent to 10.1 percent.
Cleveland County – from 7.4 percent to 6.5 percent.
Desha County – from 8.7 percent to 8.7 percent.
Drew County – from 9.8 percent to 8 percent.
Lincoln County – from 7.6 percent to 7.3 percent.

However, there was an uptick in the unemployment rate across all southeast Arkansas counties over the last month, according to Arkansas Department of Workforce Services’ figures.

The rate increases, by county, from June 2015 to July 2015 were:

Ashley County – from 8.1 percent to 9 percent.
Bradley County – from 6 percent to 7.1 percent.
Chicot County – from 9.6 percent to 10.1 percent.
Cleveland County – from 6.3 percent to 6.5 percent.
Desha County – from 7.9 percent to 8.7 percent.
Drew County – from 7.7 percent to 8 percent.
Lincoln County – from 6.8 percent to 7.3 percent.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]