Labor Force Statistics
Forrest City Labor Market Area 12-County
2021 Population Projection 1,344,287
2016 Population Estimate 1,326,140
2010 Census Population 1,316,846
2000 Census Population 1,282,114
Growth 2000-2010 2.71%
Projected Growth 2016-2021 1.37%
Population Age 18-64 819,455
Median Age 35.7
High School Diploma/GED (%) 84.52%
Some College, Post Secondary Training 22.58%
Associates Degree 6.37%
Bachelor's Degree 16.36%
Master's Degree and Beyond 9.63%
Average Travel Time to Work (Minutes) 24.00
Labor Force (Annual 2015) 597,971
Unemployed (Annual 2015) 39,054
2015 Annual Average Wage 37,211
Source: Younger Assocaites, Claritas, U.S. Census Bureau, ESRI, IPEDS.
Two post-secondary institutions offer numerous training opportunities for industries and the workforce:
East Arkansas Community College recently completed construction on its LearningResource Center, complete with a digital library, compressed video site, and a multimedia learning center. The college has a state-of-the-art computer technology center.
Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute provides technical and vocational training in various fields.
Both EACC and CRTI can offer customized workforce training for area businesses and industries.