Unemployment in Phillips County dropped 0.2 percent between September and October according to the latest statistics obtained from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. The county's jobless rate stood at 5.4 percent in October compared to 5.6 percent in September.

Unemployment in Phillips County dropped 0.2 percent between September and October according to the latest statistics obtained from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. The county's jobless rate stood at 5.4 percent in October compared to 5.6 percent in September.

However, Phillips County had the state's second highest unemployment rate behind Chicot County, which recorded 5.9 percent jobless numbers in October. That was an increase of 0.3 percent from the previous month. The two counties were tied for the highest jobless mark in September.

The was also a downward trend in unemployment in Phillips County's neighboring counties in the Arkansas Delta. Monroe County, which had 4.1 percent without jobs in September, dropped 0.3 percent to 3.8 percent in October. Likewise, the jobless numbers in St. Francis County fell 0.3 percent from 4.7 percent in September to 4.4 percent in October.

Desha County reported an 0.4 percent decline from 4.2 percent in September to 3.8 percent in October.

Lee County had the sharpest decline in unemployment among the Arkansas Delta counties at 0.6 percent. A total of 4.6 percent were without without jobs in September compared to 4.0 percent in October.

Washington County again had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.2 percent, which was also an 0.1 percent decline during the 30-day period.

Arkansas unemployment rose 0.1 percent but still stood at only 3.6 percent in October. It was 3.5 percent in September.

Arkansas remains 0.6 percent below the national rate of 4.1 percent. The U.S. recorded a slight dip of 0.1 percent of 4.2 percent in September.

Nothing specific was cited for the slight decrease in jobless numbers.

These statistics are not seasonally adjusted.