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North Dakota has largest percentage increase in employment since November 2007

October 22, 2015

As of September 2015, employment in most U.S. states has surpassed precession levels. From November 2007 to September 2015, employment in North Dakota increased by 97,000, or 26.8 percent. This was the largest percentage increase in employment among U.S. states over that period.

Percent change in nonfarm employment by state, November 2007 to September 2015, seasonally adjusted


10.0% and higher
 
5.0% to 9.9%
 
0.0% to 4.9%
 
-1.0% to -0.1%
 
-1.1% and lower
 
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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Percent change in nonfarm employment by state, November 2007 to September 2015, seasonally adjusted
State November 2007 employment September 2015 employment(p) Percent change(p)

North Dakota

361,700 458,700 26.8%

Texas

10,505,500 11,845,900 12.8

Utah

1,263,100 1,385,200 9.7

District of Columbia

698,800 765,200 9.5

Colorado

2,348,200 2,523,700 7.5

Washington

2,994,900 3,190,400 6.5

Alaska

317,600 336,100 5.8

New York

8,765,800 9,261,200 5.7

South Dakota

408,500 431,100 5.5

Massachusetts

3,310,800 3,492,800 5.5

California

15,414,100 16,199,000 5.1

South Carolina

1,946,800 2,016,700 3.6

Nebraska

967,400 1,000,400 3.4

Oklahoma

1,608,700 1,661,100 3.3

Minnesota

2,769,900 2,856,400 3.1

Iowa

1,526,500 1,573,000 3.0

Louisiana

1,931,600 1,990,000 3.0

Idaho

656,900 675,700 2.9

Tennessee

2,804,900 2,877,000 2.6

Georgia

4,169,200 4,269,400 2.4

Oregon

1,735,800 1,777,100 2.4

Montana

445,800 456,400 2.4

North Carolina

4,161,300 4,259,600 2.4

Maryland

2,609,400 2,670,300 2.3

Florida

7,942,000 8,113,900 2.2

Kentucky

1,858,200 1,895,900 2.0

Indiana

2,995,500 3,052,200 1.9

Hawaii

623,400 634,500 1.8

Delaware

439,700 445,700 1.4

Vermont

308,200 312,200 1.3

Kansas

1,388,500 1,404,200 1.1

Virginia

3,775,600 3,814,200 1.0

Wisconsin

2,872,700 2,900,200 1.0

New Hampshire

649,300 654,000 0.7

Arkansas

1,207,100 1,214,500 0.6

Michigan

4,248,500 4,271,500 0.5

Pennsylvania

5,815,500 5,840,300 0.4

Ohio

5,423,100 5,400,900 -0.4

Connecticut

1,704,500 1,693,500 -0.6

Wyoming

292,900 290,400 -0.9

Rhode Island

487,900 482,100 -1.2

Illinois

5,986,200 5,909,200 -1.3

Maine

620,700 611,600 -1.5

Missouri

2,803,500 2,761,300 -1.5

West Virginia

762,800 751,200 -1.5

New Jersey

4,082,100 4,009,300 -1.8

Arizona

2,683,800 2,631,500 -1.9

Nevada

1,290,800 1,261,700 -2.3

Mississippi

1,158,600 1,131,700 -2.3

New Mexico

847,900 828,000 -2.3

Alabama

2,011,600 1,957,600 -2.7
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

Texas was the only other state to record an increase in employment of 10 percent or more from November 2007 to September 2015. Over that period, employment in Texas increased by 12.8 percent, or 1.3 million.

Among those states with employment in September 2015 that remains below prerecession levels, Alabama experienced the largest percentage decrease in employment since November 2007 (−2.7 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. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — September 2015" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, North Dakota has largest percentage increase in employment since November 2007 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/north-dakota-has-largest-percentage-increase-in-employment-since-november-2007.htm (visited July 27, 2021).

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