Department of Numbers

Fort Smith, Arkansas Job Growth

There were 111,000 jobs in Fort Smith, Arkansas in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 114,377 employed persons for the month. Fort Smith added 400 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 17 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Fort Smith job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 111,000 +400 +3,100
CPS 114,377 +17 +4,848

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 10,900 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 8,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 122,797 for Fort Smith in December 2007. 8,420 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 9,441 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Fort Smith, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 111,000 400 114,377 17
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
November 2020 110,000 300 112,137 392
October 2020 109,700 600 111,745 583
September 2020 109,100 200 111,162 739
August 2020 108,900 1,000 110,423 894