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Employment increased in 43 states, decreased in 7 from December 2014 to December 2015

January 28, 2016

From December 2014 to December 2015, nonfarm employment increased in 43 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 7 states. The largest over-the-year percentage increases occurred in Idaho (+4.4 percent), South Carolina (+3.3 percent), and Utah (+3.2 percent). The largest over-the-year percentage decreases occurred in North Dakota (−4.0 percent), Wyoming (−2.2 percent), and West Virginia (−1.5 percent).

Over-the-year percent changes in employment by state, December 2014 to December 2015

2.4% and higher
1.6% to 2.3%
0.8% to 1.5%
0.0% to 0.7%
-0.1% and lower
Hover over a state to see data.
Hover over legend items to see states in a category.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Over the year, 39 states had statistically significant changes in employment, 36 of which were positive. The largest significant over-the-year job increase occurred in California (+459,400), followed by Florida (+233,100) and Texas (+166,900). The significant over-the-year job decreases occurred in North Dakota (−18,800), West Virginia (−11,800), and Wyoming (-6,400).

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 — December 2015" (HTML) (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment increased in 43 states, decreased in 7 from December 2014 to December 2015 at (visited April 25, 2024).

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