Phillips County's unemployment rate remained fairly steady between the months of October and November, rising only 0.1 percent. The jobless rate in the county during October stood at 5.0 percent. It rose to just 5.1 percent in November.

Phillips County's unemployment rate remained fairly steady between the months of October and November, rising only 0.1 percent. The jobless rate in the county during October stood at 5.0 percent. It rose to just 5.1 percent in November.

Arkansas Department of Workforce statistics show that the total number of people employed was at 6,330, down 24 from 6,354 in October. November's total of 340 unemployed workers dropped five to 340, down from 345 the previous month.

There was a slight decline in the workforce between October and November. DOW reported that Phillips County's workforce stood at 6,670. That is 19 fewer than October's 6,689.

Jobless figures reveal that unemployment numbers have been steadily improving over the past year. This November's 5.1 percent is a full 2.0 percent lower than the 7.1 number recorded in November 2015.

Statewide, the unemployment rate also rose 0.1 percent, which stood at 5.1 percent in November compared to 5.0 percent in October. Nationally unemployment remained the same at 5.6 percent.

Phillips County's neighbors in the Arkansas Delta region of the stated also reported slight increases in unemployment. Three counties – Monroe, St. Francis and Desha – all had 4.7 percent marks.

• Lee County's unemployment rate jumped 0.3 percent, from 4.1 percent in October to 4.4 percent in November.

• Monroe County's numbers rose 0.4 percent, leaping from 4.3 percent in October to 4.7 percent in November.

• Desha County's numbers also reflected a 0.4 percent increase from 4.3 percent in October to 4.7 percent in November.

• In St. Francis County unemployment leaped 0.3 percent from 4.4 percent in October to 4.7 percent in November.

Washington County, in Northwest Arkansas, continues to have the lowest unemployment figures in the state. This month their rate remained steady at 2.4 percent. For the second consecutive month, Chicot County, in extreme Southeast Arkansas, had the highest jobless rate in the state at 6.0 percent. That number was 0.3 percent higher than in October.

Phillips County tied for the sixth highest unemployment rate in the state tying with Columbia County, which also recorded 5.1 percent.

These employment figures are not seasonally adjusted.