Bureau of Labor Statistics

Utah, Idaho, Texas, and Washington have largest percentage job gains from May 2017 to May 2018

June 22, 2018

Thirty-five states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in May. The largest percentage gain occurred in Utah (+3.4 percent), followed by Idaho (+3.1 percent) and Texas and Washington (+2.9 percent each).

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Nonfarm employment by state, May 2017 to May 2018
State 12-month percent change 12-month net change May 2018 level May 2017 level

Alabama

1.1% 22,900 2,034,700 2,011,800

Alaska

-0.2 -500 329,400 329,900

Arizona

2.5 69,900 2,835,100 2,765,200

Arkansas

0.5 6,600 1,245,200 1,238,600

California

1.8 306,000 17,089,500 16,783,500

Colorado

2.7 72,800 2,723,400 2,650,600

Connecticut

0.7 11,500 1,690,700 1,679,200

Delaware

1.3 6,100 460,600 454,500

District of Columbia

1.1 8,700 798,400 789,700

Florida

2.1 180,200 8,746,800 8,566,600

Georgia

1.7 76,700 4,515,000 4,438,300

Hawaii

1.7 11,300 663,400 652,100

Idaho

3.1 21,800 735,100 713,300

Illinois

1.0 60,200 6,108,900 6,048,700

Indiana

1.1 33,100 3,133,300 3,100,200

Iowa

1.1 17,100 1,586,400 1,569,300

Kansas

1.6 22,700 1,419,700 1,397,000

Kentucky

0.8 15,200 1,932,600 1,917,400

Louisiana

1.0 18,900 1,992,000 1,973,100

Maine

1.4 8,400 630,100 621,700

Maryland

0.5 12,700 2,734,000 2,721,300

Massachusetts

1.6 56,100 3,652,100 3,596,000

Michigan

1.3 57,800 4,425,400 4,367,600

Minnesota

1.0 30,000 2,955,200 2,925,200

Mississippi

1.4 15,900 1,164,700 1,148,800

Missouri

1.2 34,300 2,894,900 2,860,600

Montana

0.6 2,900 475,200 472,300

Nebraska

1.3 13,400 1,030,400 1,017,000

Nevada

2.8 37,400 1,374,200 1,336,800

New Hampshire

1.9 12,900 685,900 673,000

New Jersey

1.4 57,200 4,179,200 4,122,000

New Mexico

1.6 13,200 841,700 828,500

New York

1.1 108,400 9,614,800 9,506,400

North Carolina

2.3 99,600 4,502,100 4,402,500

North Dakota

-0.5 -2,000 430,300 432,300

Ohio

1.4 76,200 5,598,600 5,522,400

Oklahoma

1.5 25,300 1,683,000 1,657,700

Oregon

2.3 42,200 1,911,500 1,869,300

Pennsylvania

1.3 78,200 6,014,400 5,936,200

Rhode Island

1.5 7,500 500,300 492,800

South Carolina

1.8 38,400 2,122,300 2,083,900

South Dakota

1.4 6,100 440,400 434,300

Tennessee

1.8 53,400 3,057,100 3,003,700

Texas

2.9 352,100 12,542,300 12,190,200

Utah

3.4 49,800 1,512,900 1,463,100

Vermont

0.4 1,400 314,600 313,200

Virginia

1.3 53,000 4,000,500 3,947,500

Washington

2.9 95,800 3,411,500 3,315,700

West Virginia

2.3 17,100 760,300 743,200

Wisconsin

0.7 20,200 2,963,900 2,943,700

Wyoming

1.3 3,700 285,400 281,700

The largest job gains occurred in Texas (+352,100), California (+306,000), and Florida (+180,200).

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 “State Employment and Unemployment — May 2018.” We also have more charts and maps on state employment and unemployment.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Utah, Idaho, Texas, and Washington have largest percentage job gains from May 2017 to May 2018 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/utah-idaho-texas-and-washington-have-largest-percentage-job-gains-from-may-2017-to-may-2018.htm (visited October 18, 2021).

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