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Area’s Jobless Rate Drops

Unemployment Now 4.6 Percent

Posted: January 9, 2013 at 5 a.m.

The local unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in November.

By The Numbers

Regional Unemployment

Arkansas posted a 6.5 percent unemployment rate in November 2012. Below are the November 2012 and 2011 rates for Arkansas’ six Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

MSA - 2012 - 2011

Fayetteville - 4.6 percent - 5.4 percent

Fort Smith - 7.6 percent - 8.1 percent

Hot Springs - 6.8 percent - 7.5 percent

Jonesboro - 6.2 percent - 6.5 percent

Little Rock - 5.8 percent - 6.3 percent

Pine Bluff - 8.3 percent - 9.3 percent

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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