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Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas Job Growth

There were 356,000 jobs in Little Rock, Arkansas in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 344,962 employed persons for the month. Little Rock added 200 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,597 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Little Rock job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 356,000 +200 +2,000
CPS 344,962 -1,597 +7,955

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

Little Rock, Arkansas Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Little Rock 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 Little Rock, Arkansas

CES employment for Little Rock peaked in February 2017 at 358,500. Since then 2,500 jobs have been lost in Little Rock according to the employer survey. From a trough of 352,300 in May 2017, Little Rock has gained 3,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 346,836 for Little Rock in September 2017. 1,874 jobs have been lost in Little Rock since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

Little Rock, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 356,000 200 344,962 -1,597
October 2017 355,800 -100 346,559 -277
September 2017 355,900 1,600 346,836 991
August 2017 354,300 300 345,845 -527
July 2017 354,000 -100 346,372 2,055
June 2017 354,100 1,800 344,317 3,691
May 2017 352,300 -1,500 340,626 970
April 2017 353,800 -3,500 339,656 284
March 2017 357,300 -1,200 339,372 1,119
February 2017 358,500 1,700 338,253 321
January 2017 356,800 1,500 337,932 1,159
December 2016 355,300 1,300 336,773 -234