- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says Arkansas’ unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point in December, from 5.9 percent in November to 5.7 percent.

The agency reported Tuesday Arkansas’ civilian labor force added 8,500 jobs during the month. That’s the result of 9,700 more people being employed and 1,200 fewer unemployed Arkansans.

Communications Director Becky Heflin says December’s increase in the number of Arkansans working marked the fourth consecutive month of employment gains for the state.

The Department of Workforce Services says that since December 2013, Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll employment has increased by 22,600. Eight major industry sectors have added jobs, while two sectors posted minor declines.

Meanwhile, the U.S. jobless rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point, from 5.8 percent in November to 5.6 percent last month.

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