Manufacturing Employment in Arkansas Hits 163,000


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Manufacturing employment in Arkansas stood at 163,000 workers in May 2019, far below its peak in the 1990s but higher than the trough experienced in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Employment in manufacturing hit 247,600 in February 1995, but continued to decline until reaching its bottom with 152,000 workers in July 2013. Since then it has experienced a slow increase.