Department of Numbers

Fort Smith, Arkansas Job Growth

There were 113,600 jobs in Fort Smith, Arkansas in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 114,697 employed persons for the month. Fort Smith added 300 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 825 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Fort Smith job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 113,600 +300 -100
CPS 114,697 +825 +808

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 8,300 jobs have been lost in Fort Smith according to the employer survey. From a trough of 108,800 in June 2011, Fort Smith has gained 4,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 124,041 for Fort Smith in December 2007. 9,344 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 2,625 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Fort Smith, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 113,600 300 114,697 825
January 2019 113,300 -100 113,872 777
December 2018 113,400 -100 113,095 -53
November 2018 113,500 600 113,148 147
October 2018 112,900 0 113,001 111
September 2018 112,900 -200 112,890 -254
August 2018 113,100 -500 113,144 -119
July 2018 113,600 600 113,263 267
June 2018 113,000 -500 112,996 -309
May 2018 113,500 -500 113,305 -322
April 2018 114,000 100 113,627 -350
March 2018 113,900 200 113,977 88