Department of Numbers

Fort Smith, Arkansas Job Growth

There were 113,100 jobs in Fort Smith, Arkansas in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 115,600 employed persons for the month. Fort Smith lost 1,400 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 326 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Fort Smith job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 113,100 -1,400 -700
CPS 115,600 -326 -533

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 8,800 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 4,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 124,041 for Fort Smith in December 2007. 8,441 jobs have been lost in Fort Smith since then according to the household survey. From a March 2014 low of 110,866, Fort Smith has added 4,734 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Fort Smith, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 113,100 -1,400 115,600 -326
February 2017 114,500 600 115,926 102
January 2017 113,900 -200 115,824 117
December 2016 114,100 400 115,707 31
November 2016 113,700 -400 115,676 26
October 2016 114,100 -200 115,650 73
September 2016 114,300 200 115,577 8
August 2016 114,100 100 115,569 -25
July 2016 114,000 0 115,594 -97
June 2016 114,000 100 115,691 -162
May 2016 113,900 300 115,853 -153
April 2016 113,600 -200 116,006 -127