- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services reports that the March unemployment rate in Arkansas held steady at 5.6 percent.

The department said Tuesday that the jobless rate is the same as the revised rate for February. The national unemployment rate for March was 5.5 percent.

The report shows eight of Arkansas’ major industry sectors added jobs with leisure and hospitality increasing by 2,300. The trade, transportation, and utilities sector added 1,000 jobs, manufacturing added 900 jobs while the retail and the wholesale trade sectors each added 600 jobs. Employment in government rose by 1,000,

The construction industry had 2,000 fewer employees for the month.

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