Arkansas Employment Statistics

  • 90,525 employers
  • 1,211,022 employees
  • $845 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 23.3% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 11.6% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Arkansas Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 4,788 more businesses
  • 76,534 more employees
  • 6.7% increase in total wages
  • $8,253 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 23.1% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Arkansas Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Pulaski County Arkansas, 13,915
County with the Most Employees: Pulaski County Arkansas, 198,447
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Benton County Arkansas, $1,132
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Chicot County Arkansas, 8.7%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Arkansas, see: Arkansas Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Arkansas see:Arkansas Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 1,316,265 employed workers
  • 46,902 unemployed workers
  • 3.4% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Arkansas, see: Arkansas Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 91,924 employers, up 2.0% from 90,115
  • 1,224,458 employees, up 0.6% from 1,217,112
  • $862 average weekly wage, up 4.6% from $824
  • The average weekly wage is 21.3% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 13.1% below the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for Arkansas, see: Arkansas Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.