Department of Numbers

Fort Smith, Arkansas Job Growth

There were 109,400 jobs in Fort Smith, Arkansas in July 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 105,562 employed persons for the month. Fort Smith added 1,200 jobs in July 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 238 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Fort Smith job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 109,400 +1,200 -4,100
CPS 105,562 +238 -8,611

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 12,500 jobs have been lost in Fort Smith according to the employer survey. From a trough of 103,900 in April 2020, Fort Smith has gained 5,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 124,089 for Fort Smith in December 2007. 18,527 jobs have been lost in Fort Smith since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 100,996, Fort Smith has added 4,566 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2020

Fort Smith, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2020 109,400 1,200 105,562 238
June 2020 108,200 2,000 105,324 -73
May 2020 106,200 2,300 105,397 4,401
April 2020 103,900 -8,600 100,996 -12,588
March 2020 112,500 -400 113,584 -1,367
February 2020 112,900 -400 114,951 171
January 2020 113,300 0 114,780 -75
December 2019 113,300 -100 114,855 180
November 2019 113,400 300 114,675 171
October 2019 113,100 100 114,504 159
September 2019 113,000 -300 114,345 118
August 2019 113,300 -200 114,227 54