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

There were 355,300 jobs in Little Rock, Arkansas in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 340,345 employed persons for the month. Little Rock added 100 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 739 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Little Rock job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 355,300 +100 +1,800
CPS 340,345 -739 +6,048

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 May 2016 at 356,500. Since then 1,200 jobs have been lost in Little Rock according to the employer survey. From a trough of 354,300 in July 2016, Little Rock has gained 1,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 342,733 for Little Rock in July 2016. 2,388 jobs have been lost in Little Rock since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Little Rock, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 355,300 100 340,345 -739
November 2016 355,200 -500 341,084 -1,220
October 2016 355,700 1,200 342,304 915
September 2016 354,500 -1,100 341,389 -619
August 2016 355,600 1,300 342,008 -725
July 2016 354,300 -800 342,733 1,395
June 2016 355,100 -1,400 341,338 -1,181
May 2016 356,500 2,500 342,519 185
April 2016 354,000 -1,000 342,334 -194
March 2016 355,000 -1,200 342,528 1,067
February 2016 356,200 2,300 341,461 3,097
January 2016 353,900 400 338,364 4,067