Department of Numbers

Fort Smith, Arkansas Job Growth

There were 113,200 jobs in Fort Smith, Arkansas in November 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 113,141 employed persons for the month. Fort Smith lost 100 jobs in November 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 91 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Fort Smith job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 113,200 -100 +2,300
CPS 113,141 +91 +820

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 8,700 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 10,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 122,797 for Fort Smith in December 2007. 9,656 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 7,810 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2022

Fort Smith, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2022 113,200 -100 113,141 91
October 2022 113,300 200 113,050 12
September 2022 113,100 0 113,038 -260
August 2022 113,100 0 113,298 -192
July 2022 113,100 700 113,490 -67
June 2022 112,400 300 113,557 -160
May 2022 112,100 100 113,717 -41
April 2022 112,000 -100 113,758 72
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