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From August 2015 to August 2016, 35 states had statistically significant increases in nonfarm payroll employment. Oregon and Idaho had nonfarm employment gains of 3.3 percent, the largest in the nation. Florida followed closely with an increase in employment of 3.2 percent.
Wyoming (−3.3 percent) and North Dakota (−1.7 percent) were the only two states that had statistically significant employment decreases from August 2015 to August 2016. The 13 remaining states and the District of Columbia had employment changes from August 2015 to August 2016 that were not statistically significant.
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 2016" (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Idaho and Oregon had largest percentage increases in employment over the year ending August 2016 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/idaho-and-oregon-had-largest-percentage-increases-in-employment-over-the-year-ending-august-2016.htm (visited March 31, 2023).