Mining and logging leads most states with largest 12-month increase in employment since October 2016

November 28, 2017

From October 2016 to October 2017, the largest percentage increases in statewide employment were mostly in mining and logging. In most states, the information industry held the largest percentage decrease in employment.

Major industries with the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment by state, October 2016–October 2017
State 12-month percent change(p)

North Dakota: Mining and logging

23.4%

Texas: Mining and logging

16.9

Nevada: Construction

13.6

Vermont: Mining and logging

12.5

Wyoming: Mining and logging

12.2

Rhode Island: Construction

11.9

Oregon: Construction

11.5

Nebraska: Mining and logging

10.0

New Hampshire: Mining and logging

10.0

South Dakota: Mining and logging

10.0

Oklahoma: Mining and logging

9.8

West Virginia: Mining and logging

9.5

Massachusetts: Mining and logging

9.1

Minnesota: Mining and logging

9.0

Georgia: Mining and logging

8.3

Maine: Mining and logging

8.3

Alaska: Other services

8.0

Iowa: Mining and logging

8.0

Wisconsin: Mining and logging

7.7

Tennessee: Mining and logging

7.5

Florida: Construction

7.4

Kentucky: Construction

7.3

District of Columbia: Leisure and hospitality

6.4

California: Construction

5.7

Michigan: Mining and logging

5.6

Washington: Construction

5.4

Alabama: Construction

5.3

Louisiana: Construction

5.1

Maryland: Construction

5.1

North Carolina: Professional and business services

5.1

Indiana: Financial activities

4.9

Montana: Construction

4.9

Arkansas: Other services

4.8

Missouri: Mining and logging

4.8

Utah: Professional and business services

4.8

New Mexico: Construction

4.7

Ohio: Construction

4.7

Kansas: Mining and logging

4.4

South Carolina: Professional and business services

4.3

Idaho: Education and health services

4.2

Colorado: Other services

4.0

Illinois: Mining and logging

3.8

New Jersey: Construction

3.8

Hawaii: Professional and business services

3.6

Pennsylvania: Construction

3.3

Arizona: Manufacturing

3.2

Delaware: Education and health services

3.1

Virginia: Education and health services

2.7

Mississippi: Education and health services

2.6

New York: Education and health services

2.6

Connecticut: Financial activities

1.5
Footnotes:

 

(p) = preliminary.

Among the industries with the largest percentage increase in employment in each state from October 2016 to October 2017, mining and logging in North Dakota experienced the largest increase, with 23.4 percent. Among the states with industries having the largest percentage increases in employment, mining and logging had the largest percentage increase in 16 of the top 20.

Among industries having the largest percentage decreases in employment in each state, the information industry in Kansas experienced the largest decrease, with an 8.3-percent decrease from October 2016 to October 2017. This was followed by a 7.5-percent decrease in manufacturing employment for Alaska, a 6.8-percent decrease in construction for Iowa, and a 6.7-percent decrease in information employment in North Carolina.

Major industries with the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment by state, October 2016–October 2017
State 12-month percent change(p)

Kansas: Information

-8.3%

Alaska: Manufacturing

-7.5

Iowa: Construction

-6.8

North Carolina: Information

-6.7

Arizona: Information

-5.9

Kentucky: Mining and logging

-5.9

Montana: Other services

-5.5

Texas: Information

-5.3

Indiana: Information

-5.0

Mississippi: Information

-5.0

Louisiana: Information

-4.9

Missouri: Information

-4.9

New Mexico: Mining and logging

-4.3

Vermont: Information

-4.3

Hawaii: Financial activities

-4.2

Virginia: Information

-4.1

West Virginia: Information

-4.1

Maine: Information

-3.9

New York: Manufacturing

-3.8

Maryland: Information

-3.7

Oklahoma: Other services

-3.7

Utah: Mining and logging

-3.7

North Dakota: Construction

-3.3

North Dakota: Leisure and hospitality

-3.3

Wyoming: Leisure and hospitality

-3.2

Ohio: Information

-2.9

Pennsylvania: Mining and logging

-2.9

Wisconsin: Information

-2.9

Colorado: Mining and logging

-2.7

Delaware: Trade, transportation, and utilities

-2.7

Alabama: Information

-2.5

California: Mining and logging

-2.5

Idaho: Mining and logging

-2.5

Nebraska: Construction

-2.3

Arkansas: Information

-2.2

Nevada: Information

-2.1

District of Columbia: Financial activities

-2.0

Connecticut: Information

-1.9

New Jersey: Information

-1.9

South Dakota: Trade, transportation, and utilities

-1.9

Florida: Mining and logging

-1.8

Minnesota: Information

-1.8

Oregon: Information

-1.8

Illinois: Construction

-1.5

South Carolina: Information

-1.5

Rhode Island: Professional and business services

-1.0

New Hampshire: Information

-0.8

Georgia: Manufacturing

-0.6

Washington: Manufacturing

-0.6

Michigan: Trade, transportation, and utilities

-0.3

Massachusetts: Information

-0.2

Tennessee: Information

-0.2
Footnotes:

 

(p) = preliminary.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “State Employment and Unemployment — October 2017” (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Mining and logging leads most states with largest 12-month increase in employment since October 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/mining-and-logging-leads-most-states-with-largest-12-month-increase-in-employment-since-october-2016.htm (visited January 24, 2018).

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