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

There were 343,200 jobs in Little Rock, Arkansas in July 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 313,817 employed persons for the month. Little Rock added 100 jobs in July 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 764 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Little Rock job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 343,200 +100 -22,100
CPS 313,817 -764 -32,313

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 24,800 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 12,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 349,326 for Little Rock in February 2019. 35,509 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 7,767 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2020

Little Rock, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2020 343,200 100 313,817 -764
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
November 2019 363,900 100 346,525 314
October 2019 363,800 100 346,211 254
September 2019 363,700 -1,500 345,957 74
August 2019 365,200 -100 345,883 -247