Department of Numbers

Fort Smith, Arkansas Job Growth

There were 114,100 jobs in Fort Smith, Arkansas in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 116,026 employed persons for the month. Fort Smith added 400 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 145 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Fort Smith job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 114,100 +400 +500
CPS 116,026 -145 +617

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Fort Smith, Arkansas Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Fort Smith 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 for Fort Smith, Arkansas

CES employment for Fort Smith peaked in November 2007 at 121,900. Since then 7,800 jobs have been lost in Fort Smith according to the employer survey. From a trough of 108,900 in June 2011, Fort Smith has gained 5,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 124,041 for Fort Smith in December 2007. 8,015 jobs have been lost in Fort Smith since then according to the household survey. From a April 2014 low of 111,031, Fort Smith has added 4,995 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Fort Smith, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 114,100 400 116,026 -145
November 2016 113,700 -800 116,171 225
October 2016 114,500 300 115,946 517
September 2016 114,200 400 115,429 165
August 2016 113,800 500 115,264 -101
July 2016 113,300 -300 115,365 -109
June 2016 113,600 -100 115,474 -866
May 2016 113,700 300 116,340 -596
April 2016 113,400 700 116,936 -352
March 2016 112,700 -900 117,288 146
February 2016 113,600 -300 117,142 803
January 2016 113,900 300 116,339 930