October 22, 2012
Over the year (from September 2011 to September 2012), 30 states experienced statistically significant changes in employment, with only one state's employment decreasing. The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (where employment rose 22,300 or 5.6 percent). The only statistically significant over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in West Virginia (where employment fell 10,000, a −1.3 percent change).
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In September 2012, the largest statistically significant over-the-year jobs increase occurred in Texas (+262,700 or 2.5 percent), followed by California (+262,000 or 1.9 percent), and New York (+125,000 or 1.4 percent).
September's largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred in Texas and Pennsylvania. The largest over-the-month decreases in employment occurred in Michigan and Ohio.
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. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — September 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-2073.