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VOL. 129 | NO. 77 | Monday, April 21, 2014

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Dips Below 7 Percent

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped below 7 percent for the first time in more than five years.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in March, down from 7.1 percent in February. Agency spokeswoman Becky Heflin says it's the first time Arkansas' jobless rate has been below 7 percent since January 2009.

All major industry sectors posted gains in March. Jobs in leisure and hospitality rose by 3,200, while employment in trade, transportation and utilities increased by 3,000.

Construction added 1,900 jobs and government employment increased by 1,200.

The national unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in March.

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PROPERTY SALES 65 137 2,524
MORTGAGES 129 223 3,542
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 15 797
BUILDING PERMITS 207 370 6,705
BANKRUPTCIES 77 161 2,568
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 49 1,113
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 138 284 3,726
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 46 669

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