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County jobless rate rises

The unemployment rate in Logan County rose slightly to 7.5 percent in October from 7.2 percent in September, according to the latest county numbers from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

October is the latest month for which county statistics were available.

In October, DWS said 700 people in the county were without jobs, while 8,625 people had jobs.

The state’s jobless rate for November is scheduled to be released later this month. Meanwhile, Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point in October to 7.5 percent, according to labor statistics released in late November.

The state’s jobless rate was slightly higher than the October 2012 rate of 7.2 percent. The national unemployment rate for November was 7 percent.

DWS said 1.2 million Arkansans were employed in October and 99,800 were out of work.

Five major industry sectors reported job growth last month. The biggest increase was in trade, transportation and utilities, which added 3,300 jobs, some 2,700 of them in retail, related in part to seasonal hiring.

Government added 2,900 jobs in October, with 2,200 of them in local government and reflecting seasonal growth in public school employment.

Six major industry sectors reported job losses last month.

The biggest decrease was in professional and business services, which lost 700 jobs.

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