Arkansas, like most states within the United States, draws a large portion of its work from the service industry jobs but many jobs are disappearing in Arkansas. In February 2011 the unemployment rate was 7.8%, which is just below that of the entire US, that was 8.9% unemployed.
In 2009, with the population in Arkansas expanding to more than 100,000 new inhabitants over a five year period, it is now ranked 32nd of the states in population. The northwest area of Arkansas has experienced the most growth within the states mainly because of its many new developments within the region. With the state’s unemployment rate increasing each year, the southeast area has not only decreased the most in population but as well within its unemployment rate of 10%.
By means of Arkansas being a rural state, almost 40% of the state is covered in farmland and much of the products being produced here are rice, soybeans, wheat, and cotton. Arkansas is the number one producer of rice in the US and the second largest producer of broilers in the US.