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Fort Smith, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fort Smith rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.8%. 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 January 2011 at 9.2% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in August 2018, 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Arkansas 3.5% 0.0 -0.2
Fort Smith 3.8% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 11,634. There are now 7,193 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,348 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 93. Fort Smith employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Fort Smith 4,441 +93 -647

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fort Smith, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Fort Smith
Unemployment Rate
Fort Smith
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.8% 4,441
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.7% 4,348
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.7% 4,368
July
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.8% 4,467
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 4.0% 4,707
May
2018
3.8% 3.8% 4.1% 4,853
April
2018
3.9% 3.8% 4.3% 5,100
March
2018
4.1% 3.8% 4.2% 4,968
February
2018
4.1% 3.8% 4.1% 4,889
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 4.2% 5,006
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 4.2% 5,038

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.