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Fort Smith, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fort Smith fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Fort Smith peaked in April 2020 at 12.4% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Fort Smith unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Arkansas 4.5% -0.1 +0.7
Fort Smith 4.9% 0.0 +1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 14,309. There are now 8,486 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,323 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 500. Fort Smith employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Fort Smith 5,823 -8 +1,603

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fort Smith, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Fort Smith
Unemployment Rate
Fort Smith
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.5% 4.9% 5,823
January
2021
6.3% 4.6% 4.9% 5,831
December
2020
6.7% 4.9% 4.5% 5,323
November
2020
6.7% 5.3% 6.3% 7,319
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 6.4% 7,411
September
2020
7.8% 5.9% 6.9% 8,051
August
2020
8.4% 6.5% 7.0% 8,209
July
2020
10.2% 7.1% 7.4% 8,382
June
2020
11.1% 7.8% 7.5% 8,530
May
2020
13.3% 8.5% 11.9% 14,186
April
2020
14.8% 10.0% 12.4% 14,309

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.