Eastern Arkansas Workforce Development Area

The Eastern Arkansas Workforce Development Area includes the counties of Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Phillips, and St. Francis.


Long-term Employment Projections

2014-2024

Projected Industry Growth
IndustryEstimated EmploymentProjected EmploymentNumeric ChangePercent Change (%)
Total All Industries42,26744,2281,9614.64
Natural Resources and Mining1,2431,225-18-1.45
Construction899935364.00
Manufacturing3,2323,4051735.35
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities9,4019,8164154.41
Information215205-10-4.65
Financial Activities1,2781,260-18-1.41
Professional and Business Services2,3432,62027711.82
Education and Health Services10,50810,8573493.32
Leisure and Hospitality3,4743,6862126.10
Other Services (except Government)1,2011,226252.08
Government4,4374,8193828.61
Projected Occupational Growth
OccupationEstimated EmploymentProjected EmploymentNumeric ChangePercent Change (%)Total Annual Openings
Total, All Occupations42,26744,2281,9614.641,247
Management Occupations3,8393,9451062.7687
Business and Financial Operations Occupations586637518.7018
Architecture and Engineering Occupations141155149.936
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations2552853011.7610
Community and Social Service Occupations737798618.2822
Legal Occupations2202482812.737
Education, Training, and Library Occupations3,2003,233331.0376
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations25526051.968
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations1,6981,766684.0047
Healthcare Support Occupations1,3931,5001077.6846
Protective Service Occupations1,5261,68115510.1658
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Top 10 Growth Industries, Ranked by Net Growth
IndustryBase EmploymentProjected EmploymentNet GrowthPercent Growth (%)
Social Assistance2,3472,64229512.57
General Merchandise Stores1,4981,67918112.08
Food Services and Drinking Places2,4512,6321817.38
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods1,0981,26917115.57
Administrative and Support Services1,6001,76916910.56
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals1,9552,1131588.08
State Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals1,5741,7121388.77
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities1,1451,28213711.97
Total Federal Government Employment908994869.47
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services4865617515.43
Top 10 Growth Occupations, Ranked by Net Growth
OccupationBase EmploymentProjected EmploymentNet GrowthPercent Growth (%)
Personal Care Aides1,3141,54222817.35
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1,2211,3421219.91
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1,0421,15511310.84
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fas82893410612.80
Team Assemblers3674599225.07
Correctional Officers and Jailers6677397210.79
Nursing Assistants5876496210.56
Industrial Machinery Mechanics1592165735.85
Cooks, Restaurant3053595417.70
General and Operations Managers527576499.30

*Government excludes State/Local Education & Hospitals

Short-term Employment Projections

2017-2019

Projected Industry Growth
IndustryEstimated EmploymentProjected EmploymentNumeric ChangePercent Change (%)
Total All Industries41,62241,498-124-0.30
Natural Resources and Mining1,6601,506-154-9.28
Construction812873617.51
Manufacturing3,5593,579200.56
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities9,0668,993-73-0.81
Information186181-5-2.69
Financial Activities1,2571,244-13-1.03
Professional and Business Services1,6961,664-32-1.89
Education and Health Services10,28410,249-35-0.34
Leisure and Hospitality3,5873,7321454.04
Other Services (except Government)1,3841,448644.62
Government4,0604,092320.79
Projected Occupational Growth
OccupationEstimated EmploymentProjected EmploymentNumeric ChangePercent Change (%)Total Annual Openings
Total, All Occupations41,62241,498-124-0.304,579
Management Occupations4,2694,164-105-2.46261
Business and Financial Operations Occupations71771700.0062
Computer and Mathematical Occupations10710921.878
Architecture and Engineering Occupations16016774.3813
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations25825910.3920
Community and Social Service Occupations1,0131,041282.76122
Legal Occupations18418400.0010
Education, Training, and Library Occupations2,9722,908-64-2.15197
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations20720700.0021
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations1,5821,593110.7091
Healthcare Support Occupations1,4791,520412.77189
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Top 10 Growth Industries, Ranked by Net Growth
IndustryBase EmploymentProjected EmploymentNet GrowthPercent Growth (%)
Food Services and Drinking Places2,4852,5981134.55
Ambulatory Health Care Services1,9482,037894.57
Specialty Trade Contractors508549418.07
Repair and Maintenance479519408.35
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Org620660406.45
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals1,8871,926392.07
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities1,3181,353352.66
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods892922303.36
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing2062282210.68
Warehousing and Storage741762212.83
Top 10 Growth Occupations, Ranked by Net Growth
OccupationBase EmploymentProjected EmploymentNet GrowthPercent Growth (%)
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fas1,3811,440594.27
Personal Care Aides1,1431,175322.80
Team Assemblers463494316.70
Clergy245264197.76
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers373389164.29
Home Health Aides370385154.05
Nursing Assistants721736152.08
Industrial Machinery Mechanics200214147.00
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except T306318123.92
Machinists169180116.51

*Government excludes State/Local Education and Hospitals

Occupational Employment and Wages

Wages of Eastern's 10 Largest Occupations
May 2017

OccupationEstimated EmploymentAverage Wage ($)Entry Wage ($)Experienced Wage ($)
Cashiers1,66019,63918,52820,194
Cashiers1,66019,63918,52820,194
Comb. Food Prep. & Serv. Worker, Inc. Fast Food1,44019,12118,84119,262
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Inc1,44019,12118,84119,262
Personal Care Aides1,16019,71818,81120,171
Personal Care Aides1,16019,71818,81120,171
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1,02034,29925,96138,467
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1,02034,29925,96138,467
Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers, Hand91024,99619,94227,522
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers,91024,99619,94227,522

Covered Employment and Earnings (QCEW)

Employment and Earnings, By Industry
1st Quarter 2018

IndustryOwnershipAverage Employing UnitsAverage Covered EmploymentTotal Earnings ($)Average Weekly Earnings ($)
Total, All IndustriesPrivate3,23028,076238,791,710654
Natural Resources and MiningPrivate2411,0137,694,954584
ConstructionPrivate1438348,150,201752
ManufacturingPrivate793,50343,081,447946
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesPrivate7598,89980,535,496696
InformationPrivate241711,646,549741
Financial ActivitiesPrivate2641,22712,447,342781
Professional and Business ServicesPrivate2511,67114,718,128677
Education and Health ServicesPrivate1,0506,28649,624,201607
Leisure and HospitalityPrivate2503,73715,312,574315
Other ServicesPrivate1697355,580,818584
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Unemployment Rates and Labor Force Statistics

June 2018

LWDA/CountyCivilian Labor ForceNumber of EmployedNumber of UnemployedUnemployment Rate (%)
Eastern Arkansas47,66345,2492,4145.1
Crittenden County22,11921,0511,0684.8
Cross County7,6107,2993114.1
Lee County2,9352,7851505.1
Phillips County6,6546,2294256.4
St. Francis County8,3457,8854605.5

Population

2016 Census Population

CountyPopulation
Crittenden County49,235
Cross County17,037
Lee County9,310
Phillips County18,975
St. Francis County26,196

Income

2016 Total Personal Income - BEA

CountyIncome ($)
Crittenden County1,714,869,000
Cross County619,797,000
Lee County255,049,000
Phillips County597,444,000
St. Francis County697,520,000

2016 Per Capita Income - BEA

CountyIncome ($)
Crittenden County34,830
Cross County36,379
Lee County27,395
Phillips County31,486
St. Francis County26,627

2015 Median Household Income - Census

CountyIncome ($)
Crittenden County37,371
Cross County39,132
Lee County28,481
Phillips County28,224
St. Francis County31,625