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
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Inc1,44019,12118,84119,262
Personal Care Aides1,16019,71818,81120,171
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1,02034,29925,96138,467
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers,91024,99619,94227,522
Retail Salespersons89026,01618,66429,691
Office Clerks, General82027,66219,65231,667
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers78024,15518,71026,878
Correctional Officers and Jailers62040,93828,00747,404
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Care59049,01939,23153,914

Covered Employment and Earnings (QCEW)

Employment and Earnings, By Industry
3rd Quarter 2018

IndustryOwnershipAverage Employing UnitsAverage Covered EmploymentTotal Earnings ($)Average Weekly Earnings ($)
Total, All IndustriesPrivate3,19928,343240,861,208654
Natural Resources and MiningPrivate2421,2119,609,786611
ConstructionPrivate1398478,721,804792
ManufacturingPrivate793,40640,938,819925
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesPrivate7588,86080,530,163699
InformationPrivate231601,485,477713
Financial ActivitiesPrivate2661,24611,904,620735
Professional and Business ServicesPrivate2481,65614,457,085672
Education and Health ServicesPrivate1,0156,28950,793,318621
Leisure and HospitalityPrivate2593,90916,439,007323
Other ServicesPrivate1707595,981,129606
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Unemployment Rates and Labor Force Statistics

January 2019

LWDA/CountyCivilian Labor ForceNumber of EmployedNumber of UnemployedUnemployment Rate (%)
Eastern Arkansas46,28143,6342,6475.7
Crittenden County21,35820,2951,0635.0
Cross County7,2306,8284025.6
Lee County2,8642,6931716.0
Phillips County6,5736,1024717.2
St. Francis County8,2567,7165406.5

Population

2017 Census Population

CountyPopulation
Crittenden County49,278
Cross County17,164
Lee County9,614
Phillips County19,518
St. Francis County26,688

Income

2017 Total Personal Income - BEA

CountyIncome ($)
Crittenden County1,783,717,000
Cross County575,127,000
Lee County249,345,000
Phillips County552,746,000
St. Francis County714,069,000

2017 Per Capita Income - BEA

CountyIncome ($)
Crittenden County36,589
Cross County34,106
Lee County27,174
Phillips County29,762
St. Francis County27,538

2017 Median Household Income - Census

5-year estimates

CountyIncome ($)
Crittenden County38,558
Cross County41,081
Lee County27,901
Phillips County26,652
St. Francis County33,102