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

There were 365,700 jobs in Little Rock, Arkansas in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 344,759 employed persons for the month. Little Rock lost 1,100 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,038 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Little Rock job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 365,700 -1,100 +6,400
CPS 344,759 +1,038 -510

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 September 2018 at 366,800. Since then 1,100 jobs have been lost in Little Rock according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 345,269 for Little Rock in October 2017. 510 jobs have been lost in Little Rock since then according to the household survey. From a April 2018 low of 342,586, Little Rock has added 2,173 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Little Rock, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 365,700 -1,100 344,759 1,038
September 2018 366,800 2,100 343,721 286
August 2018 364,700 1,400 343,435 -803
July 2018 363,300 600 344,238 902
June 2018 362,700 900 343,336 627
May 2018 361,800 900 342,709 123
April 2018 360,900 -800 342,586 -1,498
March 2018 361,700 100 344,084 836
February 2018 361,600 1,300 343,248 -273
January 2018 360,300 -1,000 343,521 -1,338
December 2017 361,300 1,000 344,859 -268
November 2017 360,300 1,000 345,127 -142