Massachusetts and R.I. had highest share of employment in healthcare and social assistance, May 2014

June 24, 2014

In May 2014, among all states, Massachusetts and Rhode Island had the highest share of statewide total nonfarm employment in the healthcare and social assistance industry (16.8 percent). From May 2004 to May 2014, Arizona had the largest percentage increase in employment in healthcare and social assistance (46.1 percent).

Employment in healthcare and social assistance as a percentage of statewide total nonfarm employment, May 2014

Employment in healthcare and social assistance as a percentage of total nonfarm employment, not seasonally adjusted, May 2014
StateEmployment in healthcare and social assistance(p)Total nonfarm employment (p)Employment in healthcare and social assistance as a percent of total nonfarm employment (p)

Alabama

203,7001,925,00010.6%

Arizona

325,4002,554,10012.7

Arkansas

160,9001,198,00013.4

California

2,025,30015,486,40013.1

Colorado

260,8002,437,50010.7

Connecticut

263,5001,677,50015.7

Delaware

62,600440,00014.2

District of Columbia

67,000746,1009.0

Florida

1,002,7007,801,00012.9

Georgia

446,3004,125,10010.8

Hawaii

64,200625,00010.3

Idaho

82,900648,40012.8

Illinois

727,3005,845,00012.4

Indiana

372,5003,000,40012.4

Iowa

187,6001,568,10012.0

Kansas

170,4001,393,80012.2

Kentucky

231,2001,862,10012.4

Louisiana

248,9001,975,00012.6

Maine

101,900611,40016.7

Maryland

348,0002,632,30013.2

Massachusetts

577,5003,427,50016.8

Michigan

563,4004,171,60013.5

Minnesota

431,6002,840,60015.2

Mississippi

123,7001,128,40011.0

Missouri

384,1002,796,80013.7

Montana

63,000457,50013.8

Nebraska

131,600996,40013.2

Nevada

101,9001,219,8008.4

New Hampshire

87,400651,20013.4

New Jersey

535,6003,960,20013.5

New York

1,385,9009,061,30015.3

North Carolina

485,6004,152,90011.7

North Dakota

55,600466,50011.9

Ohio

768,6005,346,10014.4

Oklahoma

212,4001,673,00012.7

Oregon

213,4001,724,80012.4

Pennsylvania

943,0005,835,20016.2

Rhode Island

81,000481,70016.8

South Carolina

189,2001,946,5009.7

South Dakota

60,200424,20014.2

Tennessee

348,3002,815,00012.4

Texas

1,345,60011,563,40011.6

Utah

134,8001,325,60010.2

Vermont

49,300305,20016.2

Virginia

414,7003,785,50011.0

Washington

392,2003,053,00012.8

West Virginia

116,800790,00014.8

Wisconsin

376,9002,871,50013.1

Wyoming

24,000293,3008.2

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary
 

Washington, 12.8%Oregon, 12.4%California, 13.1%Idaho, 12.8%Nevada, 8.4%Montana, 13.8%Wyoming, 8.2%Utah, 10.2%Arizona, 12.7%Colorado, 10.7%New Mexico, Data not availableNorth Dakota, 11.9%South Dakota, 14.2%Nebraska, 13.2%Kansas, 12.2%Oklahoma, 12.7%Texas, 11.6%Louisiana, 12.6%Arkansas, 13.4%Missouri, 13.7%Iowa, 12.0%Minnesota, 15.2%Alaska, Data not availableHawaii, 10.3%Kentucky, 12.4%Tennessee, 12.4%Mississippi, 11.0%Alabama, 10.6%Florida, 12.9%Georgia, 10.8%South Carolina, 9.7%North Carolina, 11.7%Virginia, 11.0%District of Columbia, 9.0%West Virginia, 14.8%Maryland, 13.2%Delaware, 14.2%Wisconsin, 13.1%Illinois, 12.4%Michigan, 13.5%Indiana, 12.4%Ohio, 14.4%Pennsylvania, 16.2%New Jersey, 13.5%New York, 15.3%Connecticut, 15.7%Rhode Island, 16.8%Massachusetts, 16.8%Vermont, 16.2%New Hampshire, 13.4%Maine, 16.7%

In May 2014, the other states following Massachusetts and Rhode Island as the states with the highest share of total nonfarm employment in healthcare and social assistance were Maine (16.7 percent), Vermont (16.2 percent), and Pennsylvania (16.2 percent). Wyoming had the smallest share (8.2 percent), followed by Nevada (8.4 percent) and the District of Columbia (9.0 percent).

From May 2004 to May 2014, the other states following Arizona as the state with the largest percentage increase in employment in healthcare and social assistance were Idaho (43.7 percent) and Utah (40.9 percent).

Percent change in healthcare and social assistance employment, not seasonally adjusted, May 2004-May 2014

Percent change in healthcare and social assistance employment, not seasonally adjusted, May 2004–May 2014
StateEmployment May 2004Employment May 2014 (p)Percent change in employment from May 2004 to May 2014 (p)

Alabama

174,500203,70016.7%

Arizona

222,800325,40046.1

Arkansas

130,400160,90023.4

California

1,491,2002,025,30035.8

Colorado

192,000260,80035.8

Connecticut

219,300263,50020.2

Delaware

46,30062,60035.2

District of Columbia

52,40067,00027.9

Florida

837,0001,002,70019.8

Georgia

352,400446,30026.6

Hawaii

54,40064,20018.0

Idaho

57,70082,90043.7

Illinois

610,500727,30019.1

Indiana

306,700372,50021.5

Iowa

158,500187,60018.4

Kansas

145,500170,40017.1

Kentucky

198,100231,20016.7

Louisiana

213,300248,90016.7

Maine

92,500101,90010.2

Maryland

282,000348,00023.4

Massachusetts

443,000577,50030.4

Michigan

490,400563,40014.9

Minnesota

327,000431,60032.0

Mississippi

104,100123,70018.8

Missouri

300,900384,10027.7

Montana

50,00063,00026.0

Nebraska

108,400131,60021.4

Nevada

75,200101,90035.5

New Hampshire

73,10087,40019.6

New Jersey

461,400535,60016.1

New York

1,168,1001,385,90018.6

North Carolina

392,600485,60023.7

North Dakota

45,10055,60023.3

Ohio

652,200768,60017.8

Oklahoma

180,300212,40017.8

Oregon

166,300213,40028.3

Pennsylvania

785,200943,00020.1

Rhode Island

71,60081,00013.1

South Carolina

148,000189,20027.8

South Dakota

50,50060,20019.2

Tennessee

278,200348,30025.2

Texas

1,008,5001,345,60033.4

Utah

95,700134,80040.9

Vermont

41,00049,30020.2

Virginia

310,700414,70033.5

Washington

311,100392,20026.1

West Virginia

100,600116,80016.1

Wisconsin

324,900376,90016.0

Wyoming

19,20024,00025.0

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary.
 

Washington, 26.1%Oregon, 28.3%California, 35.8%Idaho, 43.7%Nevada, 35.5%Montana, 26.0%Wyoming, 25.0%Utah, 40.9%Arizona, 46.1%Colorado, 35.8%New Mexico, Data not availableNorth Dakota, 23.3%South Dakota, 19.2%Nebraska, 21.4%Kansas, 17.1%Oklahoma, 17.8%Texas, 33.4%Louisiana, 16.7%Arkansas, 23.4%Missouri, 27.7%Iowa, 18.4%Minnesota, 32.0%Alaska, Data not availableHawaii, 18.0%Kentucky, 16.7%Tennessee, 25.2%Mississippi, 18.8%Alabama, 16.7%Florida, 19.8%Georgia, 26.6%South Carolina, 27.8%North Carolina, 23.7%Virginia, 33.5%District of Columbia, 27.9%West Virginia, 16.1%Maryland, 23.4%Delaware, 35.2%Wisconsin, 16.0%Illinois, 19.1%Michigan, 14.9%Indiana, 21.5%Ohio, 17.8%Pennsylvania, 20.1%New Jersey, 16.1%New York, 18.6%Connecticut, 20.2%Rhode Island, 13.1%Massachusetts, 30.4%Vermont, 20.2%New Hampshire, 19.6%Maine, 10.2%

Maine (10.2 percent) had the smallest percentage increase in employment in healthcare and social assistance from May 2004 to May 2014, followed by Rhode Island (13.1 percent) and Michigan (14.9 percent).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. For more information on statewide industry employment, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — May 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑1139.

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