Department of Numbers

Arkansas Job Growth

There were 1,229,000 jobs in Arkansas in November 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,295,992 employed persons for the month. Arkansas lost 2,000 jobs in November 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 3,929 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Arkansas job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,229,000 -2,000 +8,800
CPS 1,295,992 -3,929 +24,265

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 October 2016 for Arkansas at 1,231,000. Since then 2,000 jobs have been lost in Arkansas according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in Arkansas reached a maximum of 1,310,283 in May 2016. 14,291 jobs have been lost in Arkansas since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2016

Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2016 1,229,000 -2,000 1,295,992 -3,929
October 2016 1,231,000 200 1,299,921 -1,863
September 2016 1,230,800 1,300 1,301,784 -1,003
August 2016 1,229,500 3,500 1,302,787 -1,761
July 2016 1,226,000 -2,100 1,304,548 -2,753
June 2016 1,228,100 1,600 1,307,301 -2,982
May 2016 1,226,500 1,500 1,310,283 1,099
April 2016 1,225,000 600 1,309,184 5,225
March 2016 1,224,400 -3,400 1,303,959 9,627
February 2016 1,227,800 4,900 1,294,332 10,439
January 2016 1,222,900 -4,100 1,283,893 10,414
December 2015 1,227,000 6,800 1,273,479 1,752