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Utah, Nevada, and Washington have largest percentage job gains from August 2017 to August 2018

September 26, 2018

From August 2017 to August 2018, 35 states had statistically significant changes in payroll employment, all of which were increases. Employment in 15 states and the District of Columbia were essentially unchanged.

Percent and net change in total nonfarm employment by state, seasonally adjusted, August 2017 to August 2018
State August 2017 employment August 2018 employment(p) 12-month net change(p) 12-month percent change(p) Statistically significant change?

Alabama

2,017,900 2,040,500 22,600 1.1% Yes

Alaska

329,400 326,300 -3,100 -0.9 No

Arizona

2,785,200 2,864,900 79,700 2.9 Yes

Arkansas

1,240,400 1,248,900 8,500 0.7 No

California

16,843,000 17,191,900 348,900 2.1 Yes

Colorado

2,668,300 2,740,500 72,200 2.7 Yes

Connecticut

1,680,800 1,699,600 18,800 1.1 No

Delaware

455,600 462,300 6,700 1.5 No

District of Columbia

790,500 796,300 5,800 0.7 No

Florida

8,602,000 8,822,200 220,200 2.6 Yes

Georgia

4,464,300 4,553,200 88,900 2.0 Yes

Hawaii

649,200 666,900 17,700 2.7 Yes

Idaho

717,500 739,500 22,000 3.1 Yes

Illinois

6,072,500 6,120,000 47,500 0.8 Yes

Indiana

3,109,300 3,136,300 27,000 0.9 No

Iowa

1,572,200 1,593,300 21,100 1.3 Yes

Kansas

1,403,700 1,430,300 26,600 1.9 Yes

Kentucky

1,921,600 1,930,100 8,500 0.4 No

Louisiana

1,970,200 1,986,100 15,900 0.8 No

Maine

623,200 628,300 5,100 0.8 No

Maryland

2,729,400 2,749,700 20,300 0.7 No

Massachusetts

3,617,000 3,685,100 68,100 1.9 Yes

Michigan

4,378,200 4,434,500 56,300 1.3 Yes

Minnesota

2,932,100 2,976,500 44,400 1.5 Yes

Mississippi

1,151,000 1,169,500 18,500 1.6 Yes

Missouri

2,870,400 2,905,700 35,300 1.2 Yes

Montana

472,800 479,000 6,200 1.3 No

Nebraska

1,018,000 1,032,300 14,300 1.4 Yes

Nevada

1,344,600 1,389,400 44,800 3.3 Yes

New Hampshire

677,400 689,300 11,900 1.8 Yes

New Jersey

4,134,200 4,195,700 61,500 1.5 Yes

New Mexico

830,000 846,300 16,300 2.0 Yes

New York

9,541,600 9,631,800 90,200 0.9 Yes

North Carolina

4,424,800 4,527,600 102,800 2.3 Yes

North Dakota

430,700 435,200 4,500 1.0 No

Ohio

5,535,500 5,625,700 90,200 1.6 Yes

Oklahoma

1,662,900 1,696,000 33,100 2.0 Yes

Oregon

1,876,300 1,920,800 44,500 2.4 Yes

Pennsylvania

5,953,100 6,018,500 65,400 1.1 Yes

Rhode Island

495,500 501,900 6,400 1.3 No

South Carolina

2,089,800 2,130,400 40,600 1.9 Yes

South Dakota

434,200 440,500 6,300 1.5 No

Tennessee

3,014,400 3,070,400 56,000 1.9 Yes

Texas

12,232,000 12,626,500 394,500 3.2 Yes

Utah

1,471,400 1,523,300 51,900 3.5 Yes

Vermont

314,700 312,900 -1,800 -0.6 No

Virginia

3,955,900 4,010,700 54,800 1.4 Yes

Washington

3,330,900 3,439,700 108,800 3.3 Yes

West Virginia

744,500 751,900 7,400 1.0 No

Wisconsin

2,943,500 2,987,700 44,200 1.5 Yes

Wyoming

282,400 288,900 6,500 2.3 Yes
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

In August 2018, the largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Utah (+3.5 percent), followed by Nevada and Washington (+3.3 percent each). The largest job gains occurred in Texas (+394,500), California (+348,900), and Florida (+220,200).

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 — August 2018." Also see charts and maps on state employment and unemployment.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Utah, Nevada, and Washington have largest percentage job gains from August 2017 to August 2018 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/utah-nevada-and-washington-have-largest-percentage-job-gains-from-august-2017-to-august-2018.htm (visited June 14, 2021).

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