Arkansas had the second-highest percentage increase in labor force participation in July, which indicates that “Arkansas is clearly on the right track,” Governor Hutchinson said Thursday in response to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Participation in Arkansas’ work force grew by 2.7 percent, an increase second only to Oregon’s 2.9 percent growth, according to the report.

“It is great to see that our state’s labor force is among the fastest growing in the country,” said Governor Hutchinson.

“Over the past 3 years, Arkansas’ unemployment rate has fallen from 5.6 percent to a record low 3.4 percent. This is just another indication that our economy is growing. More people are working, more businesses are expanding and more employers are hiring than when I took office in 2015. Arkansas is clearly on the right track, and we will work every day to continue to grow our economy and improve the quality of life in Arkansas.”

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