The July unemployment rate for North Little Rock rose to 7.3 percent from 7.1 percent in June and the May reading of 6.9 percent, according to data from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

North Little Rock’s unemployment rate was close to the state average of 7.4 percent for July, while Bentonville, Springdale and Sherwood tied for the lowest rate with 5.4 percent. Pine Bluff — at 12.6 percent — recorded the highest unemployment rate among the state’s cities.

Pulaski County as a whole registered a July unemployment rate of 7.0 percent, which is up from the June rate of 6.9 percent and 6.7 percent in May.

Carroll County — at 5.5 percent — recorded the lowest county level July unemployment rate in Arkansas while Lee County had the highest rate at 12.3 percent.

The state unemployment rate for July came in at 7.4 percent, which matches the national average for the month of 7.4 percent.

"Arkansas’ unemployment rate reached 7.4 percent this month," said Bernadette Coleman, ADWS program operations manager. "This is the same rate as in July 2012. There are currently 1,700 fewer unemployed compared to this month last year."