The June unemployment rate for counties in the southeast corner of the state range from a high of 9.6 percent in Chicot County to a low of 6 percent in Bradley County, according to information released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
Though Chicot County has the highest unemployment rate among the seven counties in extreme southeast Arkansas, it did see a drop from the 9.7 percent unemployment rate in May and 10.4 percent rate a year ago.
Ashley County recorded the second-highest rate at 8.1 percent, up from 7 percent in May and down from 9.3 percent a year ago.
Bradley County’s June unemployment rate of 6 percent was down from from 6.4 percent in May and 8.9 percent a year ago.
Cleveland County recorded the second-lowest unemployment rate in Southeast Arkansas at 6.3 percent, down slightly from its 6.4 percent rate in May. The county had the lowest unemployment rate in Southeast Arkansas a year ago at 7 percent.
Lincoln County recorded a 6.8 percent unemployment rate, down from 7 percent in May and 7.5 percent a year ago.
Drew County recorded a 7.7 percent unemployment rate in June, an increase from its 7.4 percent unemployment rate in May and a decrease of its 9.1 percent rate a year ago.
Desha County recorded a 7.9 percent unemployment rate in June, an increase from its 7.8 percent rate in May and the same rate a year ago.
In comparison, Mississippi County recorded the highest county unemployment rate in Arkansas at 11.5 percent, while Washington County recorded the lowest county rate at 4.1 percent.
The rates are not adjusted for seasonal variations.
The state unemployment rate, which is seasonally adjusted, was 5.7 percent in June, the same as in May.