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Fort Smith, Arkansas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fort Smith fell 0.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.4 percentage points higher than the Arkansas rate. The unemployment rate in Fort Smith peaked in April 2020 at 12.4% and is now 0.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Fort Smith unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Arkansas 9.5% -1.3 +6.0
Fort Smith 11.9% -0.5 +8.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 136 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Fort Smith employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Fort Smith 14,173 -136 +9,913

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fort Smith, Arkansas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arkansas
Unemployment Rate
Fort Smith
Unemployment Rate
Fort Smith
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 9.5% 11.9% 14,173
April
2020
14.7% 10.8% 12.4% 14,309
March
2020
4.4% 5.0% 4.6% 5,448
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.5% 4,220
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.6% 4,311
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.6% 4,317
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.7% 4,348
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.7% 4,371
September
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.7% 4,389
August
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.7% 4,388
July
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.7% 4,357

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.