Data released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services showed the June unemployment rate for Jacksonville was 8.5 percent, which is up from the May rate of 8.4 percent and the April number of 8.0 percent.

Similarly, the June 6.9 percent unemployment rate for Pulaski County as a whole was up from the May rate of 6.7 percent and the April showing of 6.3 percent.

The statewide rate for June was 7.3 percent, which is unchanged from the previous month.

"The number of employed declined slightly in June, reducing the size of the civilian labor force." ADWS Communications Director Kimberly Friedman said. "This movement was not enough to affect the unemployment rate, which remained stable at 7.3 percent."

The statewide unemployment rate for April was 7.2 percent. The highest June local employment rate in the state was registered in West Memphis at 12.4 percent, while the lowest rate of 5.3 percent unemployment was shared by Bentonville and Sherwood.

At a June rate of 13 percent, Mississippi County had the highest unemployment of Arkansas’ 75 counties; while Carroll County had the lowest unemployment rate at 5.3 percent.

The nationwide unemployment rate for June came in at 7.6 percent according to the U.S. Department of Labor, which equaled the May rate and was up slightly from the April rate of 7.5 percent.