Department of Numbers

Arkansas Job Growth

There were 1,240,500 jobs in Arkansas in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,292,574 employed persons for the month. Arkansas lost 100 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 4,428 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Arkansas job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,240,500 -100 +14,000
CPS 1,292,574 +4,428 +2,049

Arkansas Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Arkansas as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Arkansas

CES employment peaked in February 2017 for Arkansas at 1,240,600. Since then 100 jobs have been lost in Arkansas according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in Arkansas reached a maximum of 1,304,511 in May 2008. 11,937 jobs have been lost in Arkansas since then according to the household survey. From a November 2013 low of 1,208,278, Arkansas has added 84,296 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 1,240,500 -100 1,292,574 4,428
February 2017 1,240,600 5,700 1,288,146 2,393
January 2017 1,234,900 -2,400 1,285,753 1,221
December 2016 1,237,300 3,800 1,284,532 -1,039
November 2016 1,233,500 -1,200 1,285,571 -1,033
October 2016 1,234,700 4,500 1,286,604 -934
September 2016 1,230,200 1,700 1,287,538 -731
August 2016 1,228,500 1,400 1,288,269 -621
July 2016 1,227,100 2,200 1,288,890 -574
June 2016 1,224,900 200 1,289,464 -568
May 2016 1,224,700 -600 1,290,032 -491
April 2016 1,225,300 -1,200 1,290,523 -2