State employment changes, May 2009–May 2010

June 25, 2010

From May 2009 to May 2010, nonfarm payroll employment decreased in 39 states and increased in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

Percentage change in nonfarm payroll employment, selected States, seasonally adjusted, May 2009–May 2010
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The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment was reported in Nevada (‑2.5 percent), followed by Colorado and Rhode Island (‑1.9 percent each), and California, Georgia, and New Mexico (‑1.7 percent each).

From May 2009 to May 2010, the largest percentage increases in employment occurred in Alaska (+1.5 percent), North Dakota (+1.4 percent), the District of Columbia (+1.1 percent), and Indiana (+0.9 percent).

Over the year, 11 states experienced statistically significant decreases in employment, while 1 state reported a significant employment increase. The largest statistically significant job losses were reported in California (‑244,900), Georgia (‑67,300), Illinois (‑44,600), and Colorado (‑43,200). The only statistically significant over-the-year employment increase occurred in North Dakota (+5,300).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — May 2010" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL 10-0815.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, State employment changes, May 2009–May 2010 on the Internet at (visited September 25, 2016).


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