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Nevada, Oregon, and Utah have largest 12-month percentage increases in employment, December 2017

January 29, 2018

From December 2016 to December 2017, 25 states added nonfarm payroll jobs, while the number of jobs was essentially unchanged in 25 states and the District of Columbia. The largest percentage gain occurred in Nevada (+3.3 percent), followed by Oregon (+2.7 percent) and Utah (+2.6 percent).

States with statistically significant employment changes from December 2016 to December 2017, seasonally adjusted
State 12-month change in employment 12-month percentage change Employment, December 2017

Alabama

34,100 1.7% 2,017,800

Arizona

35,000 1.3 2,770,400

California

342,500 2.1 16,980,400

Colorado

53,200 2.0 2,671,500

Florida

213,500 2.5 8,705,900

Georgia

83,200 1.9 4,518,900

Idaho

14,700 2.1 722,600

Iowa

28,300 1.8 1,600,100

Maryland

31,400 1.1 2,762,200

Massachusetts

63,000 1.8 3,649,400

Michigan

57,100 1.3 4,426,000

Minnesota

37,300 1.3 2,958,700

Mississippi

17,800 1.6 1,162,800

Montana

8,300 1.8 480,000

Nevada

43,800 3.3 1,365,100

New York

98,300 1.0 9,556,600

North Carolina

75,000 1.7 4,457,700

Oregon

49,300 2.7 1,901,800

Pennsylvania

78,400 1.3 5,994,700

South Carolina

46,500 2.2 2,117,200

Tennessee

28,700 1.0 3,022,800

Texas

306,900 2.5 12,444,700

Utah

37,900 2.6 1,487,300

Washington

68,500 2.1 3,360,000

Wisconsin

40,200 1.4 2,974,500

Note: Data for the most recent month are preliminary.

Florida, Texas, South Carolina, California, Idaho, Washington, and Colorado were the only other states with over-the-year employment increases of 2.0 percent or more.

In terms of the number of jobs, the largest gains over the most recent December-to-December period occurred in California (+342,500), Texas (+306,900), and Florida (+213,500). The only other states with increases of 75,000 or more were New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.

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 — December 2017” (HTML) (PDF). For more charts and tables related to state employment and unemployment, see the state chart package.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah have largest 12-month percentage increases in employment, December 2017 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/nevada-oregon-and-utah-have-largest-12-month-percentage-increases-in-employment-december-2017.htm (visited June 14, 2021).

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