Department of Numbers

Arkansas Job Growth

There were 1,255,600 jobs in Arkansas in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,301,585 employed persons for the month. Arkansas lost 3,400 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 10,820 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Arkansas job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,255,600 -3,400 -36,800
CPS 1,301,585 -10,820 -18,332

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 37,800 jobs have been lost in Arkansas according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,165,200 in April 2020, Arkansas has gained 90,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Arkansas reached a maximum of 1,323,423 in December 2019. 21,838 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 67,381 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 1,255,600 -3,400 1,301,585 -10,820
January 2021 1,259,000 1,500 1,312,405 263
December 2020 1,257,500 4,600 1,312,142 53,757
November 2020 1,252,900 7,500 1,258,385 -974
October 2020 1,245,400 5,800 1,259,359 1,140
September 2020 1,239,600 3,200 1,258,219 3,394
August 2020 1,236,400 8,100 1,254,825 5,630
July 2020 1,228,300 10,400 1,249,195 6,600
June 2020 1,217,900 23,900 1,242,595 5,322
May 2020 1,194,000 28,800 1,237,273 3,069
April 2020 1,165,200 -122,600 1,234,204 -84,047
March 2020 1,287,800 -4,600 1,318,251 -1,666