These Are The 10 Cities In Arkansas With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Arkansas with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Arkansas for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Natural State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Bryant(Jobs)
  2. Centerton(Jobs)
  3. Siloam Springs(Jobs)
  4. Bentonville(Jobs)
  5. Maumelle(Jobs)
  6. Rogers(Jobs)
  7. Benton(Jobs)
  8. Sherwood(Jobs)
  9. Searcy(Jobs)
  10. Mountain Home(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Bryant takes the cake as the place in Arkansas with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Arkansas that have the most robust job force.

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How We Determined The Cities In Arkansas With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Arkansas’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 38 places in Arkansas.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 38 with one being the “most employed city in Arkansas”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

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1. Bryant


Population: 18,497
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Bryant comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 2.3 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Centerton


Population: 10,278
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Centerton doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Siloam Springs

Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,614
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Siloam Springs, earning the bronze medal with a score of 3.6 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Bentonville

Bentonville, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,572
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Bentonville. With a population of 38572 residents, Bentonville is a solid place to move in Arkansas if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Maumelle


Population: 17,565
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Maumelle. Numbering around 17565 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 4.0%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Rogers

Rogers, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,944
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
The city of Rogers is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Benton

Benton, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,208
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Benton. With a unemployment rate of 4.6 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Sherwood

Sherwood, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,061
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Coming in at #8, Sherwood has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Arkansas’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Searcy

Searcy, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,524
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Searcy, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Mountain Home

Mountain Home, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,338
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Mountain Home, Arkansas. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 38.

Mountain Home’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Arkansas

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit www.zippia.com to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Arkansas with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Helena-West Helena
  2. Pine Bluff
  3. Forrest City

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Arkansas

City Rank Unemployment
Bryant 1 2.3%
Centerton 2 2.9%
Siloam Springs 3 3.6%
Bentonville 4 4.0%
Maumelle 5 4.0%
Rogers 6 4.5%
Benton 7 4.6%
Sherwood 8 4.7%
Searcy 9 5.2%
Mountain Home 10 5.3%
Arkadelphia 11 5.6%
Cabot 12 5.7%
Batesville 13 5.8%
Fort Smith 14 6.0%
Conway 15 6.3%
Fayetteville 16 6.3%
Springdale 17 6.4%
Harrison 18 7.2%
Jacksonville 19 7.3%
Marion 20 7.4%
Little Rock 21 8.1%
Jonesboro 22 8.2%
Malvern 23 8.4%
Van Buren 24 8.5%
Russellville 25 8.6%
Paragould 26 8.9%
North Little Rock 27 9.1%
Texarkana 28 9.2%
Hope 29 9.5%
Camden 30 9.5%
Blytheville 31 9.6%
Magnolia 32 10.6%
West Memphis 33 11.1%
El Dorado 34 11.2%
Hot Springs 35 11.9%
Forrest City 36 12.2%
Pine Bluff 37 14.8%
Helena-West Helena 38 22.0%