January 26, 2011
From December 2009 to December 2010, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 42 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 8 states.
The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment was reported in the District of Columbia (+3.2 percent), followed by Texas (+2.3 percent), New Hampshire (+2.1 percent), North Dakota (+1.7 percent), and Massachusetts (+1.5 percent).
The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Nevada (−1.5 percent), followed by New Jersey (−0.8 percent), Missouri (−0.6 percent), and Rhode Island (−0.5 percent).
The largest over-the-month percentage increases in employment were in Idaho (+0.6 percent), Montana and South Carolina (+0.5 percent each), and Alaska (+0.4 percent). The largest over-the-month percentage decreases in employment occurred in Minnesota (−0.8 percent), Alabama and Hawaii (−0.7 percent each), and Delaware and Georgia (−0.5 percent each).
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 — December 2010" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-0083.