Department of Numbers

Fort Smith, Arkansas Job Growth

There were 112,800 jobs in Fort Smith, Arkansas in August 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 114,365 employed persons for the month. Fort Smith lost 500 jobs in August 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 248 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Fort Smith job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 112,800 -500 -300
CPS 114,365 -248 +88

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Fort Smith, Arkansas Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Fort Smith 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 for Fort Smith, Arkansas

CES employment for Fort Smith peaked in November 2007 at 121,900. Since then 9,100 jobs have been lost in Fort Smith according to the employer survey. From a trough of 108,800 in June 2011, Fort Smith has gained 4,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 124,089 for Fort Smith in December 2007. 9,724 jobs have been lost in Fort Smith since then according to the household survey. From a February 2014 low of 112,028, Fort Smith has added 2,337 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2019

Fort Smith, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2019 112,800 -500 114,365 -248
July 2019 113,300 -300 114,613 -27
June 2019 113,600 0 114,640 -56
May 2019 113,600 0 114,696 13
April 2019 113,600 300 114,683 -14
March 2019 113,300 -300 114,697 15
February 2019 113,600 300 114,682 155
January 2019 113,300 -100 114,527 20
December 2018 113,400 -100 114,507 17
November 2018 113,500 600 114,490 68
October 2018 112,900 0 114,422 97
September 2018 112,900 -200 114,325 48