Department of Numbers

Fort Smith, Arkansas Job Growth

There were 112,200 jobs in Fort Smith, Arkansas in May 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 113,348 employed persons for the month. Fort Smith lost 100 jobs in May 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 279 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Fort Smith job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 112,200 -100 -400
CPS 113,348 -279 -1,494

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 9,700 jobs have been lost in Fort Smith according to the employer survey. From a trough of 108,900 in June 2011, Fort Smith has gained 3,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 124,041 for Fort Smith in December 2007. 10,693 jobs have been lost in Fort Smith since then according to the household survey. From a February 2014 low of 112,072, Fort Smith has added 1,276 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2018

Fort Smith, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2018 112,200 -100 113,348 -279
April 2018 112,300 100 113,627 -350
March 2018 112,200 0 113,977 88
February 2018 112,200 300 113,889 45
January 2018 111,900 300 113,844 -428
December 2017 111,600 -500 114,272 -131
November 2017 112,100 600 114,403 -51
October 2017 111,500 -1,000 114,454 -70
September 2017 112,500 100 114,524 -29
August 2017 112,400 100 114,553 -40
July 2017 112,300 -200 114,593 -92
June 2017 112,500 -100 114,685 -157