Department of Numbers

Arkansas Job Growth

There were 1,252,300 jobs in Arkansas in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,299,115 employed persons for the month. Arkansas lost 1,200 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 670 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Arkansas job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,252,300 -1,200 +8,400
CPS 1,299,115 +670 -8,060

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 September 2018 for Arkansas at 1,253,500. Since then 1,200 jobs have been lost in Arkansas according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in Arkansas reached a maximum of 1,307,414 in September 2017. 8,299 jobs have been lost in Arkansas since then according to the household survey. From a June 2018 low of 1,298,410, Arkansas has added 705 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 1,252,300 -1,200 1,299,115 670
September 2018 1,253,500 3,000 1,298,445 -286
August 2018 1,250,500 700 1,298,731 -170
July 2018 1,249,800 2,000 1,298,901 491
June 2018 1,247,800 1,500 1,298,410 -904
May 2018 1,246,300 3,700 1,299,314 -978
April 2018 1,242,600 -2,000 1,300,292 -1,433
March 2018 1,244,600 3,400 1,301,725 -1,239
February 2018 1,241,200 1,300 1,302,964 -1,646
January 2018 1,239,900 900 1,304,610 -1,917
December 2017 1,239,000 -2,900 1,306,527 -183
November 2017 1,241,900 -2,000 1,306,710 -465