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Twenty-four states had significant employment increases for year ending March 2018

April 24, 2018

Twenty-four states had statistically significant over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment for the 12 months ended March 2018. Over the same 12-month period, employment was unchanged in 26 states and the District of Columbia.

Over-the-year change in nonfarm employment by state, seasonally adjusted, March 2017–March 2018
State March 2018 employment March 2017 employment Over-the-year change Statistically significant? Over-the-year percentage change

Alabama

2,032,800 2,013,500 19,300 No 1.0%

Alaska

329,500 330,200 -700 No -0.2

Arizona

2,818,600 2,755,300 63,300 Yes 2.3

Arkansas

1,243,800 1,239,300 4,500 No 0.4

California

17,045,800 16,724,800 321,000 Yes 1.9

Colorado

2,707,800 2,645,600 62,200 Yes 2.4

Connecticut

1,690,000 1,682,200 7,800 No 0.5

Delaware

459,600 457,100 2,500 No 0.5

District of Columbia

794,500 790,500 4,000 No 0.5

Florida

8,716,800 8,543,700 173,100 Yes 2.0

Georgia

4,501,300 4,436,100 65,200 Yes 1.5

Hawaii

661,300 653,100 8,200 No 1.3

Idaho

734,000 710,800 23,200 Yes 3.3

Illinois

6,093,100 6,053,900 39,200 No 0.6

Indiana

3,129,600 3,102,100 27,500 No 0.9

Iowa

1,582,100 1,571,500 10,600 No 0.7

Kansas

1,416,300 1,405,600 10,700 No 0.8

Kentucky

1,927,800 1,923,300 4,500 No 0.2

Louisiana

1,985,100 1,973,000 12,100 No 0.6

Maine

627,000 624,100 2,900 No 0.5

Maryland

2,733,100 2,722,300 10,800 No 0.4

Massachusetts

3,640,900 3,599,100 41,800 Yes 1.2

Michigan

4,424,300 4,363,000 61,300 Yes 1.4

Minnesota

2,951,300 2,930,000 21,300 No 0.7

Mississippi

1,165,200 1,150,800 14,400 No 1.3

Missouri

2,894,200 2,865,700 28,500 Yes 1.0

Montana

474,900 471,900 3,000 No 0.6

Nebraska

1,025,500 1,019,000 6,500 No 0.6

Nevada

1,373,700 1,334,400 39,300 Yes 2.9

New Hampshire

682,600 674,100 8,500 No 1.3

New Jersey

4,180,300 4,113,200 67,100 Yes 1.6

New Mexico

839,400 829,800 9,600 No 1.2

New York

9,602,700 9,489,400 113,300 Yes 1.2

North Carolina

4,472,000 4,398,700 73,300 Yes 1.7

North Dakota

426,700 432,200 -5,500 No -1.3

Ohio

5,579,200 5,524,800 54,400 Yes 1.0

Oklahoma

1,682,400 1,654,500 27,900 Yes 1.7

Oregon

1,906,600 1,865,600 41,000 Yes 2.2

Pennsylvania

6,004,600 5,920,600 84,000 Yes 1.4

Rhode Island

498,300 491,900 6,400 No 1.3

South Carolina

2,122,800 2,087,200 35,600 Yes 1.7

South Dakota

440,100 433,800 6,300 No 1.5

Tennessee

3,049,300 3,000,300 49,000 Yes 1.6

Texas

12,463,700 12,169,600 294,100 Yes 2.4

Utah

1,506,300 1,458,300 48,000 Yes 3.3

Vermont

314,500 313,900 600 No 0.2

Virginia

3,987,200 3,947,700 39,500 Yes 1.0

Washington

3,393,600 3,302,000 91,600 Yes 2.8

West Virginia

751,700 746,700 5,000 No 0.7

Wisconsin

2,973,900 2,944,200 29,700 Yes 1.0

Wyoming

284,500 281,000 3,500 No 1.2

Note: March 2018 data are preliminary and subject to revision.

The largest over-the-year job gains occurred in California (+321,000), Texas (+294,100), and Florida (+173,100). The largest percentage gains occurred in Idaho and Utah (+3.3 percent each), followed by Nevada (+2.9 percent).

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 — March 2018” (HTML) (PDF). More charts and maps on state employment and unemployment are available.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Twenty-four states had significant employment increases for year ending March 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/twenty-four-states-had-significant-employment-increases-for-year-ending-march-2018.htm (visited December 13, 2019).

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