Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties have been less hard-hit than NY state as a whole, however. Among the super-sectors, the third biggest percentage employment drop was in the state's manufacturing sector, already struggling before the pandemic, where April employment was down 19 percent-despite the "essential" exemptions granted under Governor Cuomo's New York State on PAUSE orders.
The April unemployment rate in Arkansas jumped to 10.2 percent, but the state noted that was well below the national rate.
In February - before the COVID-19 pandemic truly hit the state's borders - Arkansas had its lowest jobless rate in decades at 3.5%.
The number of private sector jobs in NY state is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 NY businesses conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of unemployed New Yorkers increased by 931,600, while the labor force decreased by 307,600; both are monthly records.
Almost one-third of the monthly jobs decline statewide occurred in leisure and hospitality, which dropped by 577,700, with most of the losses (-471,400) reported in accommodation and food services.
One in 10 Arkansans are now unemployed as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the state's economy. That segment was followed by trade, transportation and utilities (-357,300), educational and health services (-227,200), professional and business services (-190,500) and construction (-167,700).
The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services said Friday that the state's civilian work force dropped by 69,598 last month.
A month ago, Arkansas' jobless rate had risen to 4.8%, but today's release revised March unemployment to 5.0% as new data filled in previous gaps. Monthly payroll employment estimates are preliminary and subject to revision as more data become available the following month. At the same time, government employment statewide has decreased 4%.