Department of Numbers

Arkansas Job Growth

There were 1,254,100 jobs in Arkansas in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,321,879 employed persons for the month. Arkansas lost 2,100 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 6,784 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Arkansas job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,254,100 -2,100 +20,600
CPS 1,321,879 -6,784 +36,308

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 July 2017 for Arkansas at 1,259,100. Since then 5,000 jobs have been lost in Arkansas according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,253,500 in August 2017, Arkansas has gained 600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Arkansas reached a maximum of 1,330,975 in September 2017. 9,096 jobs have been lost in Arkansas since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 1,254,100 -2,100 1,321,879 -6,784
October 2017 1,256,200 1,100 1,328,663 -2,312
September 2017 1,255,100 1,600 1,330,975 547
August 2017 1,253,500 -5,600 1,330,428 2,487
July 2017 1,259,100 5,400 1,327,941 8,880
June 2017 1,253,700 8,600 1,319,061 10,397
May 2017 1,245,100 1,300 1,308,664 8,233
April 2017 1,243,800 3,700 1,300,431 7,887
March 2017 1,240,100 -500 1,292,544 4,398
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