Overall unemployment rate stayed flat at 3.5% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 2,100 roles, based on the most recently available information published in November 2022.

Total employment in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR market declined by 992 jobs in September and the unemployment rate stayed flat. The national unemployment rate decreased by 47 bps over the same time to 3.3%.

  • Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR unemployment rate is 18 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 10 bps above the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a negative.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in September versus prior month by 6.6% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Unemployment September 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.4% . Key sectors include:

  • Transportation & Utilities: 75,300; -600
  • Government: 67,200; +2,100
  • Education & Healthcare: 59,900; +300
  • Business Services: 46,300; +600
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 36,000; -600
  • Financial Services: 23,400; -100
  • Manufacturing: 19,900; -300
  • Construction, Mining: 18,700; +200
  • Other Jobs: 18,100; -100
  • IT & Development: 5,700; no change
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Unemployment by Industry September 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through September 2022 (Data published November 2022 and reports created on November 2, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.