Department of Numbers

Fort Smith, Arkansas Job Growth

There were 112,000 jobs in Fort Smith, Arkansas in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 113,724 employed persons for the month. Fort Smith lost 100 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 38 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Fort Smith job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 112,000 -100 +2,300
CPS 113,724 +38 +3,189

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 9,900 jobs have been lost in Fort Smith according to the employer survey. From a trough of 102,800 in April 2020, Fort Smith has gained 9,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 122,797 for Fort Smith in December 2007. 9,073 jobs have been lost in Fort Smith since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 105,331, Fort Smith has added 8,393 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Fort Smith, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 112,000 -100 113,724 38
March 2022 112,100 300 113,686 296
February 2022 111,800 400 113,390 533
January 2022 111,400 200 112,857 549
December 2021 111,200 300 112,308 -13
November 2021 110,900 0 112,321 152
October 2021 110,900 1,000 112,169 494
September 2021 109,900 0 111,675 534
August 2021 109,900 0 111,141 410
July 2021 109,900 100 110,731 223
June 2021 109,800 100 110,508 21
May 2021 109,700 0 110,487 -48