There's some good news and some bad news to report regarding unemployment in Phillips County during the month of September.

The good news is that the jobless rate in this Arkansas Delta county remained steady at 5.6 percent between the months of August and September. The bad news is Phillips County dropped into a tie with Chicot County for the highest unemployment rate in the state.

There's some good news and some bad news to report regarding unemployment in Phillips County during the month of September.

The good news is that the jobless rate in this Arkansas Delta county remained steady at 5.6 percent between the months of August and September. The bad news is Phillips County dropped into a tie with Chicot County for the highest unemployment rate in the state.

Mississippi County held that dubious distinction in August with a jobless rate of 5.9 percent. That Northeast Arkansas County's unemployment rate dipped to 4.7 percent in September and from 6.6 in July. Mississippi County now has only the eighth highest jobless rate in Arkansas.

According to the numbers provided by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, a total of 6,167 Phillips Countians were employed in September while 369 people were without work.

Primarily most of Phillips County's Arkansas Delta neighbors reported a slight increase in unemployment during the 30 "dog days of summer" during August. The rate in Lee County rose by 0.1 percent from 4.5 percent in August to 4. 6 percent in September.

St. Francis County also reported an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent in September compared to 4.6 percent in August, also a slight increase 0.1 percent. The unemployment rate in Monroe County increased 0.2 percent to 4.1 percent in September, up from 3.9 in August. In Desha County, there was a slight downward dip from 4.3 percent in August to 4.2 percent in July.

Washington County in extreme northwest Arkansas continues to set at the top spot of having the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.3 percent. It stood at 2.4 percent in August.

Statewide, Arkansas's unemployment rate dropped another 0.1 percent – falling from 3.5 percent in August to 3.4 percent in September. Nationally, unemployment rose 0.2 percent hitting 4.2 percent in August and rising to 4.4 percent in September.

The statistics are not seasonally adjusted.