September 24, 2015
From August 2014 to August 2015, 35 states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant increases in employment and West Virginia had a significant decrease (−19,500). The largest significant over-the-year job increase occurred in California (+470,000). Florida (+261,500) and Texas (+217,700) also had large employment gains over the year.
Employment in West Virginia went from 761,700 in August 2014 to 742,200 in August 2015, a 1.4-percent decrease. Much of the decline was due to losses of employment in government, construction, and leisure and hospitality.
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 — August 2015" (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, West Virginia had employment decrease of 19,500 from August 2014 to August 2015 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/west-virginia-had-employment-decrease-of-19500-from-august-2014-to-august-2015.htm (visited August 14, 2022).