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

There were 350,300 jobs in Little Rock, Arkansas in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 336,535 employed persons for the month. Little Rock lost 1,000 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 108 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Little Rock job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 350,300 -1,000 -16,000
CPS 336,535 +108 -10,206

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 2020 at 367,900. Since then 17,600 jobs have been lost in Little Rock according to the employer survey. From a trough of 329,000 in April 2020, Little Rock has gained 21,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 349,326 for Little Rock in February 2019. 12,791 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 30,485 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Little Rock, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 350,300 -1,000 336,535 108
January 2021 351,300 2,100 336,427 2,148
December 2020 349,200 800 334,279 16,123
November 2020 348,400 1,200 318,156 -3,407
October 2020 347,200 -700 321,563 -115
September 2020 347,900 1,200 321,678 -67
August 2020 346,700 2,700 321,745 7,890
July 2020 344,000 2,400 313,855 -726
June 2020 341,600 6,400 314,581 -3,552
May 2020 335,200 6,200 318,133 12,083
April 2020 329,000 -36,200 306,050 -37,169
March 2020 365,200 -1,100 343,219 -3,522