The jobless rate in Logan County rose a little in July to 4.5 percent, according to data released last week by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

The rate was slightly higher than the June unemployment rate, which was 4.3 percent. Meanwhile, data showed Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point, from 3.8 percent in June to 3.7 percent in July.

According to the data, July’s jobless rate was lower than last year’s figure from July, which was 4.7 percent. According to the data, 8,780 county residents were employed in July, compared to 396 who were unemployed. July is the latest month for which county statistics are available.

Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined 857, a result of 1,309 fewer unemployed and 452 more employed Arkansans.

BLS Program Operations Manager Susan Price said, “Arkansas’ unemployment rate declined to 3.7 percent in July, pushed down by the decrease in the number of unemployed. The drop in the unemployment rate this month mirrors the trend seen at the national level.”