Amazing Industries in Arkansas: Where to Train, Where to Work

By Arkansas Next staff on Monday, October 15, 2018

So Many Jobs!

Amazing opportunities can be found across Arkansas in the technical and trade industries

After completing your certification or training in the manufacturing, trucking, utilities and construction industries, you’ll have no trouble finding a job. That’s because Arkansas employs thousands of people in these skilled fields—and the need keeps growing. The numbers speak for themselves, so you can rest assured that job hunting will be a breeze!


Construction is projected to be the fastest-growing supersector in the state with a gain of 4.6%, an increase of 2,327 jobs.
Source: Arkansas Department of Workforce Services


Top 15 Manufacturing Companies with the Most Arkansas Employees

Companies No. of Arkansas Employees
Tyson Foods Inc. 24,400
Simmons Foods Inc. & Affiliates 3,252
ABB 3,000
Georgia-Pacific LLC 2,475
George's Inc. 2,451
O.K. Industries Inc. 2,215
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. 1,760
Nucor Corp. (Nucor-Yamato Steel) 1,700
Butterball LLC 1,621
McKee Foods Corp. 1,600
Riceland Foods Inc. 1,510
Peco Foods Inc. 1,500
Pilgrim's Pride Corp. 1,350
Tenneco Automotive Inc. 1,286
American Greetings Corp. 1,250

SOURCE: Arkansas Business

The Arkansas manufacturing industry is expected to add 1,977 jobs during 2017-2019.
SOURCE: Arkansas Department of Workforce Services


Top 15 Trucking Companies That Hire the Most Arkansans

Company Total Employees Ark. HQs
UPS Freight 434,000 Little Rock
FedEx Freight 425,000 Harrison
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. 124,681 Lowell
XPO Logistics 97,000 Little Rock
YRC Worldwide Inc. 32,000 Little Rock
ArcBest 13,000 Fort Smith
P.A.M. Transport Inc. 2,409 Tontitown
USA Truck Inc. 2,273 Van Buren
Maverick USA Inc. 2,056 North Little Rock
Southern Refrigerated Transport Inc. (SRT) 1,052 Texarkana
Rich Logistics 845 Little Rock
Oakley Trucking Inc. 800 North Little Rock
CalArk International Inc. 761 Little Rock
Hines Trucking Inc. 273 Prescott
Dancor Transit Inc. 165 Van Buren

SOURCE: Arkansas Business

Trucking by the Numbers

of Arkansas communities depend on trucks to move their goods.

billion in wages that support Arkansas families annually.

trucking industry jobs in Arkansas. That’s 1 in 12 jobs in the state.

trucking companies located in Arkansas, primarily small, locally owned businesses.

Source: Arkansas Trucking Association, Jan. 2018


Top 3 Arkansas Electric Utility Companies by No. of Employees

  Company No. of Employees
1. Entergy Arkansas Inc. 2,745
2. Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas 2,500*
3. Southwestern Electric Power Co. 348

*17 co-ops statewide
SOURCE: Arkansas Business

Arkansas Labor Force By the Numbers

total Arkansas labor force

unemployment rate

workforce participants

By Industry…

No. of Arkansas Employees Trade, Transportation & Utilities:
And in...
Manufacturing: 161,100
Construction: 53,600
Mining & Logging: 5,500

From June 2017 to June 2018, the construction sector added
jobs in Arkansas.
Manufacturing added 2,500 jobs.

trucking companies located in Arkansas (2017), boasting
trucking industry jobs in Arkansas.

SOURCES: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Arkansas Trucking Association,