The unemployment rate in Jacksonville decreased to 8.3 percent in August, down from 8.5 percent in July, according to preliminary data from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

West Memphis had the highest unemployment rate in Arkansas at 12.5 percent. Bentonville had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.9 percent.

The unemployment rate in the state of Arkansas also decreased from 7.6 percent in July to 7.2 percent in August.