March 29, 2011
Over the year, from February 2010 to February 2011, 27 states experienced statistically significant changes in nonfarm payroll employment, all of which were increases. The largest increase occurred in Texas (+254,200), followed by California (+196,400), Pennsylvania (+106,800), Ohio (+77,600), and Illinois (+75,200).
The largest over-the-year percentage increase in nonfarm payroll employment occurred in North Dakota (+4.4 percent), followed by Vermont (+2.8 percent) and Alaska and Texas (+2.5 percent each). The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Kansas (−1.0 percent), followed by New Mexico (−0.8 percent) and Nevada (−0.7 percent).
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are seasonally adjusted. See "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment – February 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-0397, to learn more.