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Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas Job Growth

There were 346,600 jobs in Little Rock, Arkansas in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 320,990 employed persons for the month. Little Rock lost 300 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 573 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Little Rock job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 346,600 -300 -17,300
CPS 320,990 -573 -25,535

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Little Rock, Arkansas Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Little Rock 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 Little Rock, Arkansas

CES employment for Little Rock peaked in January 2019 at 368,000. Since then 21,400 jobs have been lost in Little Rock according to the employer survey. From a trough of 330,500 in April 2020, Little Rock has gained 16,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 349,326 for Little Rock in February 2019. 28,336 jobs have been lost in Little Rock since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 306,050, Little Rock has added 14,940 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Little Rock, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 346,600 -300 320,990 -573
October 2020 346,900 0 321,563 -115
September 2020 346,900 200 321,678 -67
August 2020 346,700 3,600 321,745 7,890
July 2020 343,100 0 313,855 -726
June 2020 343,100 6,700 314,581 -3,552
May 2020 336,400 5,900 318,133 12,083
April 2020 330,500 -29,600 306,050 -37,169
March 2020 360,100 -2,800 343,219 -3,522
February 2020 362,900 -2,200 346,741 -40
January 2020 365,100 800 346,781 -99
December 2019 364,300 400 346,880 355