Twenty-seven states had significant employment increases for year ending March 2017

April 25, 2017

Twenty-seven states had statistically significant over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment for the 12 months ending March 2017. Two states lost jobs over the same 12-month period, while employment remained essentially unchanged in 21 states and the District of Columbia over the year.

Over-the-year change in nonfarm employment by state, seasonally adjusted, March 2016–March 2017
State March 2016 employment March 2017 employment Over-the-year change Over-the-year percentage change Statistically significant?

Alabama

1,967,700 1,996,200 28,500 1.4% Yes

Alaska

335,300 328,400 -6,900 -2.1 Yes

Arizona

2,685,000 2,738,000 53,000 2.0 Yes

Arkansas

1,226,500 1,240,500 14,000 1.1 No

California

16,347,600 16,694,000 346,400 2.1 Yes

Colorado

2,585,300 2,634,400 49,100 1.9 Yes

Connecticut

1,683,800 1,685,400 1,600 0.1 No

Delaware

453,300 457,000 3,700 0.8 No

District of Columbia

781,200 787,600 6,400 0.8 No

Florida

8,307,900 8,554,000 246,100 3.0 Yes

Georgia

4,335,100 4,466,100 131,000 3.0 Yes

Hawaii

645,600 650,100 4,500 0.7 No

Idaho

690,400 709,100 18,700 2.7 Yes

Illinois

6,009,800 6,035,300 25,500 0.4 No

Indiana

3,074,200 3,119,300 45,100 1.5 Yes

Iowa

1,572,500 1,580,600 8,100 0.5 No

Kansas

1,410,400 1,414,000 3,600 0.3 No

Kentucky

1,908,600 1,937,500 28,900 1.5 Yes

Louisiana

1,977,000 1,975,100 -1,900 -0.1 No

Maine

617,700 623,000 5,300 0.9 No

Maryland

2,702,100 2,746,300 44,200 1.6 Yes

Massachusetts

3,555,900 3,604,900 49,000 1.4 Yes

Michigan

4,298,700 4,378,500 79,800 1.9 Yes

Minnesota

2,884,700 2,929,000 44,300 1.5 Yes

Mississippi

1,146,000 1,146,100 100 0.0 No

Missouri

2,828,700 2,867,200 38,500 1.4 Yes

Montana

466,400 476,400 10,000 2.1 Yes

Nebraska

1,014,000 1,023,500 9,500 0.9 No

Nevada

1,285,500 1,323,800 38,300 3.0 Yes

New Hampshire

665,200 674,800 9,600 1.4 No

New Jersey

4,061,300 4,111,000 49,700 1.2 Yes

New Mexico

829,600 836,700 7,100 0.9 No

New York

9,379,500 9,493,800 114,300 1.2 Yes

North Carolina

4,317,900 4,387,600 69,700 1.6 Yes

North Dakota

435,800 434,600 -1,200 -0.3 No

Ohio

5,482,200 5,518,700 36,500 0.7 No

Oklahoma

1,657,700 1,655,800 -1,900 -0.1 No

Oregon

1,823,700 1,863,200 39,500 2.2 Yes

Pennsylvania

5,873,600 5,934,200 60,600 1.0 Yes

Rhode Island

490,600 494,600 4,000 0.8 No

South Carolina

2,041,900 2,077,700 35,800 1.8 Yes

South Dakota

431,000 438,000 7,000 1.6 No

Tennessee

2,951,200 3,014,700 63,500 2.2 Yes

Texas

11,966,100 12,215,100 249,000 2.1 Yes

Utah

1,415,100 1,460,400 45,300 3.2 Yes

Vermont

311,900 314,600 2,700 0.9 No

Virginia

3,909,500 3,955,300 45,800 1.2 Yes

Washington

3,213,200 3,305,600 92,400 2.9 Yes

West Virginia

751,800 745,700 -6,100 -0.8 No

Wisconsin

2,923,000 2,948,100 25,100 0.9 No

Wyoming

284,600 278,500 -6,100 -2.1 Yes

Note: March 2017 data are preliminary and subject to revision.

The largest over-the-year job gains occurred in California (+346,400), Texas (+249,000), and Florida (+246,100). The largest percentage gain occurred in Utah (+3.2 percent), followed by Florida, Georgia, and Nevada (+3.0 percent each).

The 2 states with over-the-year employment declines were Alaska (–6,900, or –2.1 percent) and Wyoming (–6,100, or –2.1 percent).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program. Data for March 2017 are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “State Employment and Unemployment — March 2017” (HTML) (PDF). Also see more charts and maps on state employment and unemployment.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Twenty-seven states had significant employment increases for year ending March 2017 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/twenty-seven-states-had-significant-employment-increases-for-year-ending-march-2017.htm (visited July 20, 2017).

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