Despite the fact that Arkansas' unemployment rate remained steady for a 30-day period between June and July at a historic low 3.4 percent, Phillips County jobless numbers soared 0.7 percent between May and June.

Despite the fact that Arkansas' unemployment rate remained steady for a 30-day period between June and July at a historic low 3.4 percent, Phillips County jobless numbers soared 0.7 percent between May and June.

According to figures obtained from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Phillips County was tied for the second highest unemployment percentage in the state with Chicot County at 5.8 percent during June. Chicot County, in extreme Southeast Arkansas held the distinction of having the highest jobless rate for three consecutive months.

Phillips County recorded a 5.1 percent unemployment rate during the month of May.

ADWS reported that state's jobless rate in July was down six-tenths of a percentage point from July 2016. The state says there were nearly 40,000 more people employed compared to July 2016.

In June the government sector reportedly lost more than 12,000 jobs across the state. That was primarily attributed to summer breaks at public schools and colleges and universities. The largest job increase posted statewide was in trade, transportation and utilities, which brought in 1,500 jobs. Construction across the state increased by more than 1,000 jobs during that span.

The national jobless rate stood at 4.3 percent in July.

Closer to home, Mississippi County had the highest unemployment rate in the state during June at 7.9 percent. Chicot County topped the state in May at 5.7 percent.

Washington County continues to be the location for the lowest jobless numbers in Arkansas. That county's numbers, however, rose 0.3 percent from 2.3 percent in May to 2.6 percent in June.

Unemployment shot upward fairly sharply in Phillips County's Arkansas Delta neighboring counties. The jobless rate in St. Francis County rose 0.9 percent from 4.1 percent in May to 5.0 percent in June. Desha County's numbers also reached 5.0 percent June, up 0.5 percent from May's 4.5 percent.

In Lee County, the percentage of people unemployed spiked 0.7 percent 3.8 percent in May to 4.5 percent in June. Monroe County unemployment rose 0.5 percent from 3.4 percent in May to 3.9 percent in June.

The statistics are not seasonally adjusted.

The Associated Press also contributed to this report.