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Jobless rate here declines slightly

Logan County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 8 percent in July, down from 8.1 percent in June, according to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

According to the department, there were 8,775 county residents employed in July, compared to 750 who were unemployed.

July is the latest month for which county statistics are available.

Meanwhile, the department reported last week that the jobless rate in Arkansas remained stable in August at 7.4 percent. The department also reported that Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined 4,800, a result of 5,300 fewer employed and 500 more unemployed Arkansans. The United States’ jobless rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point, from 7.4 percent in July to 7.3 percent in August.

“Arkansas’ unemployment rate was unchanged between July and August,” DWS Program Operations Manager Bernadette Coleman said. “The number of employed declined, though the drop was not enough to change the jobless rate. This is the fifth time in 2013 that the jobless rate has remained stable between months.”

Nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas increased 3,500 in August to total 1,178,100.

Eight major industry sectors posted gains, while three sectors declined.

Jobs in government rose 3,900. Construction added 1,200 jobs. Most of the loss occurred in wholesale and retail trade jobs. Leisure and hospitality jobs decreased 1,000. Accommodation and food services posted a majority of the decline.

Since August 2012, Arkansas’ nonfarm employment has risen by 10,300 jobs.

Five major industry sectors posted growth, more than offsetting decreases in six sectors. Trade, transportation, and utilities enjoyed the greatest increase, adding 8,400 jobs. A majority of the gain was reported in retail trade. Employment in educational and health services rose 4,600. Growth was posted in both health care and social assistance and educational services. Jobs in professional and business services increased 1,800. Most of the additions were reported in professional, scientific, and technical services, which includes activities such as architecture firms, bookkeeping services, and marketing consulting.

Leisure and hospitality declined 1,900. Most of the loss occurred in food services .

Employment in other services is down 1,400. The industry includes activities such as repair-maintenance and membership organizations.

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