Phillips County followed the statewide trend of declining unemployment during the month of April. According to statistics provided by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, the jobless rate dipped a full percentage point, falling from 5.7 percent in March to 4.7 percent in April.

Phillips County followed the statewide trend of declining unemployment during the month of April. According to statistics provided by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, the jobless rate dipped a full percentage point, falling from 5.7 percent in March to 4.7 percent in April.

The state and national unemployment numbers reflected a modest decline of 0.1 percent. Arkansas' rate stood at 3.6 percent in March and 3.5 percent in April. Nationally, the jobless rate was 4.4 percent in April compared to 4.5 percent in March.

During April, unemployment rates dropped in all 75 Arkansas counties. Comparing numbers with April, 2016, jobless statistics remained down in 72 of the state's 75 counties.

In April, the civilian labor force in Phillips County reached 6,595, an increase of 29 to 6,566 in April. The number of people employed in the county rose 92 to 6,284 compared to 6,192 back in March. The total number of people without jobs fell 63 from 374 in March to 311 in April.

Still ,Phillips County was tied for the fifth highest unemployment rate in the state with Union County. Chicot County continued to have the dubious distinction of having Arkansas' highest jobless rate at 5.5 percent. However, Chicot County's numbers fell a dramatic 1.6 percent from March's 7.1 percent.

Washington County continues to set the standard for employment in the state with only 2.0 percent of its workforce without a job. Even with the extremely low numbers, Washington County's jobless figures dropped another 0.4 percent from 2.4 percent in March.

Phillips County's eastern Arkansas Delta neighbors reported similar declines in unemployment between March and April. Lee County's numbers reflect a full percent decline from 4.7 percent in March to 3.7 percent in April. Monroe and St. Francis counties had almost a full percent decline at 0.9 percent. Monroe County had 4.3 percent unemployment in March compared to 3.7 percent in April. St. Francis County figures dropped from 4.8 percent in March to 3.9 percent in April. Desha County figures reflected a dip of 0.8 percent from 5.0 percent in March to 4.2 percent in April.

The statistics are not seasonally adjusted.