Department of Numbers

Fort Smith, Arkansas Job Growth

There were 112,300 jobs in Fort Smith, Arkansas in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 115,351 employed persons for the month. Fort Smith lost 0 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 570 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Fort Smith job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 112,300 0 +2,300
CPS 115,351 +570 +3,214

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 9,600 jobs have been lost in Fort Smith according to the employer survey. From a trough of 102,700 in April 2020, Fort Smith has gained 9,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 122,797 for Fort Smith in December 2007. 7,446 jobs have been lost in Fort Smith since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 104,936, Fort Smith has added 10,415 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

Fort Smith, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 112,300 0 115,351 570
October 2021 112,300 200 114,781 262
September 2021 112,100 400 114,519 135
August 2021 111,700 500 114,384 8
July 2021 111,200 600 114,376 16
June 2021 110,600 0 114,360 -46
May 2021 110,600 100 114,406 271
April 2021 110,500 -400 114,135 330
March 2021 110,900 1,300 113,805 245
February 2021 109,600 -400 113,560 418
January 2021 110,000 400 113,142 -1,011
December 2020 109,600 -400 114,153 2,016