Department of Numbers

Arkansas Job Growth

There were 1,323,300 jobs in Arkansas in September 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,306,209 employed persons for the month. Arkansas lost 3,400 jobs in September 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 2,445 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Arkansas job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,323,300 -3,400 +35,900
CPS 1,306,209 -2,445 +22,512

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 August 2022 for Arkansas at 1,326,700. Since then 3,400 jobs have been lost in Arkansas according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in Arkansas reached a maximum of 1,322,185 in December 2019. 15,976 jobs have been lost in Arkansas since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 1,242,557, Arkansas has added 63,652 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2022

Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2022 1,323,300 -3,400 1,306,209 -2,445
August 2022 1,326,700 2,800 1,308,654 -2,775
July 2022 1,323,900 12,900 1,311,429 48
June 2022 1,311,000 5,600 1,311,381 2,109
May 2022 1,305,400 -4,400 1,309,272 2,312
April 2022 1,309,800 1,000 1,306,960 4,510
March 2022 1,308,800 0 1,302,450 5,240
February 2022 1,308,800 -200 1,297,210 5,011
January 2022 1,309,000 3,900 1,292,199 5,033
December 2021 1,305,100 3,400 1,287,166 -226
November 2021 1,301,700 6,000 1,287,392 541
October 2021 1,295,700 8,300 1,286,851 3,154