07/04/17  South Arkansas Continues to Lead the State in Unemployment


The latest unemployment figures are out from the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dallas County ranked 40th in the state with an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent. Calhoun County's unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, 28 in the state.

Ouachita county was ranked 56 in the state with an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent. 

Washington County had the best unemployment figure with 2. 3 percent..and Chicot County still has the worst unemployment rate with 5.7 percent.

The 239th traffic fatality of the year was recorded in Sebastian County on U.S

Highway 71 at Brooken Hill Drive in Ft. Smith.

According to a preliminary state police report..63 year old Janet Kessler died of

injuries suffered in a crash involving three vehicles. Kessler's 2014 Chevrolet

Cruze..eastbound on Brooken Hill Drive was hit broadside by a southbound

2006 Toyta Tacoma..the light changed and the driver of the Tacoma attempted

to stop..but not in time and struck Kessler's vechile on the drivers side..Kessler's

car then spun into a light pole and then collided with a a north bound 2015

Hyundai Sonota..who was stopped in the northbound turning lane of U.S. 71.

The drivers of the other vehicles not available in the report.

The injured were taken to a Ft. Smith hospital..where Kessler died of her

injuries. Weather conditions were clear..the roadway dry at the time of the

crash at 11:14 Thursday morning. Ft. Smith PD investigated.