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VOL. 127 | NO. 229 | Thursday, November 22, 2012

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.2 Percent

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate crept up to 7.2 percent in October from 7.1 percent a month earlier.

The agency says Arkansas' civilian labor force dropped by 4,700 in October. Spokeswoman Kimberly Friedman notes that there are 10,300 more employed Arkansans this October than in October 2011.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in October.

The agency says five industry sectors posted gains in Arkansas in October, with trade, transportation and utilities leading the way with an increase of 3,500 jobs. Government jobs increased by 3,200 and educational and health services added 1,400.

The agency says construction jobs dropped by 2,100 in October – a decrease attributed to the weather.

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PROPERTY SALES 73 391 11,120
MORTGAGES 88 481 13,903
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 198 969 24,034
BANKRUPTCIES 54 288 8,432
BUSINESS LICENSES 29 126 3,771
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 67 536 13,457
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