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

There were 353,500 jobs in Little Rock, Arkansas in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 338,624 employed persons for the month. Little Rock lost 200 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 320 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Little Rock job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 353,500 -200 +9,500
CPS 338,624 -320 +14,050

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 14,400 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 24,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 350,521 for Little Rock in February 2020. 11,897 jobs have been lost in Little Rock since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 320,577, Little Rock has added 18,047 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Little Rock, Arkansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 353,500 -200 338,624 -320
June 2021 353,700 1,600 338,944 163
May 2021 352,100 -700 338,781 246
April 2021 352,800 1,500 338,535 416
March 2021 351,300 500 338,119 -1,131
February 2021 350,800 -500 339,250 -554
January 2021 351,300 2,100 339,804 -704
December 2020 349,200 800 340,508 13,776
November 2020 348,400 1,200 326,732 150
October 2020 347,200 -700 326,582 466
September 2020 347,900 1,200 326,116 671
August 2020 346,700 2,700 325,445 871