Department of Numbers

Arkansas Job Growth

There were 1,280,700 jobs in Arkansas in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,307,751 employed persons for the month. Arkansas added 3,300 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 4,764 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Arkansas job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,280,700 +3,300 +27,800
CPS 1,307,751 +4,764 +49,366

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 January 2020 for Arkansas at 1,293,400. Since then 12,700 jobs have been lost in Arkansas according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,165,200 in April 2020, Arkansas has gained 115,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Arkansas reached a maximum of 1,323,423 in December 2019. 15,672 jobs have been lost in Arkansas since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 1,234,204, Arkansas has added 73,547 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 1,280,700 3,300 1,307,751 4,764
October 2021 1,277,400 7,300 1,302,987 -426
September 2021 1,270,100 1,300 1,303,413 3,223
August 2021 1,268,800 -1,500 1,300,190 3,423
July 2021 1,270,300 3,500 1,296,767 -1,494
June 2021 1,266,800 2,100 1,298,261 -548
May 2021 1,264,700 3,900 1,298,809 -3,849
April 2021 1,260,800 -2,100 1,302,658 2,745
March 2021 1,262,900 4,600 1,299,913 -2,171
February 2021 1,258,300 -700 1,302,084 -10,321
January 2021 1,259,000 1,500 1,312,405 263
December 2020 1,257,500 4,600 1,312,142 53,757