- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State officials say that Arkansas’ unemployment rate has dipped to its lowest level since 2008.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Friday that the state’s jobless rate was 5 percent in November. That’s down one-tenth of a percentage point from October and down from November 2014’s rate of 5.8 percent.

The agency says that the trade, transportation and utilities sector increased by 3,700 jobs - most of which are in retail trade as stores prepared for the holiday shopping season. Construction jobs dropped by 2,000, which the state says is a typical season decline.

The state says that nonfarm jobs in Arkansas have increased by 14,800 since November 2014, with the biggest growth coming in professional and business services, educational and health services and construction.

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