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Fort Smith, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fort Smith fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Fort Smith peaked in February 2011 at 9.2% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in January 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Fort Smith unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Arkansas 3.8% +0.1 +0.2
Fort Smith 4.1% -0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Fort Smith, Arkansas, National

Fort Smith, Arkansas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Fort Smith, Arkansas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Fort Smith peaked in February 2011 at 11,593. There are now 6,703 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,855 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 35. Fort Smith employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Fort Smith 4,890 -102 -29

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fort Smith, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Fort Smith
Unemployment Rate
Fort Smith
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 3.8% 4.1% 4,890
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 4.2% 4,992
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 4.1% 4,993
November
2017
4.1% 3.7% 4.1% 5,070
October
2017
4.1% 3.7% 4.2% 5,118
September
2017
4.2% 3.7% 4.2% 5,131
August
2017
4.4% 3.7% 4.3% 5,177
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.0% 4,884
June
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.1% 4,952
May
2017
4.3% 3.6% 4.1% 4,885
April
2017
4.4% 3.6% 4.0% 4,855

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.