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Jobless Numbers Increase

Unemployment Ticks Up But Remains Low

Posted: January 31, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Local unemployment ticked above 5 percent in December but remains below 2011 numbers. Northwest Arkansas’ unemployment rate last month was 5.1 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate was up from 4.6 percent in November 2012 but below 5.7 percent in December 2011.

By The Numbers

December 2012 Unemployment Rates

• Northwest Arkansas: 5.1 percent

• Little Rock: 6.3 percent

• Jonesboro: 6.8 percent

• Hot Springs: 7.5 percent

• Fort Smith: 8.1 percent

• Pine Bluff: 9 percent

• Statewide: 7.1 percent

• Nationwide: 7.8 percent

Source: Bureau Of Labor Statistics

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