Department of Numbers

Arkansas Job Growth

There were 1,208,800 jobs in Arkansas in June 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,206,952 employed persons for the month. Arkansas added 23,700 jobs in June 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 9,297 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Arkansas job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey June 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,208,800 +23,700 -64,800
CPS 1,206,952 -9,297 -105,052

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 December 2019 for Arkansas at 1,281,800. Since then 73,000 jobs have been lost in Arkansas according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,162,800 in April 2020, Arkansas has gained 46,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Arkansas reached a maximum of 1,319,907 in February 2020. 112,955 jobs have been lost in Arkansas since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 1,168,783, Arkansas has added 38,169 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through June 2020

Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
June 2020 1,208,800 23,700 1,206,952 -9,297
May 2020 1,185,100 22,300 1,216,249 47,466
April 2020 1,162,800 -109,200 1,168,783 -147,958
March 2020 1,272,000 -9,600 1,316,741 -3,166
February 2020 1,281,600 200 1,319,907 1,667
January 2020 1,281,400 -400 1,318,240 2,171
December 2019 1,281,800 3,900 1,316,069 -72
November 2019 1,277,900 300 1,316,141 241
October 2019 1,277,600 4,600 1,315,900 1,093
September 2019 1,273,000 -600 1,314,807 1,322
August 2019 1,273,600 -400 1,313,485 973
July 2019 1,274,000 400 1,312,512 508