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Nevada had the largest percentage job increase in year ending August 2019

September 24, 2019

From August 2018 to August 2019, 26 states added nonfarm payroll jobs while 24 states and the District of Columbia were essentially unchanged. The largest percentage gains occurred in Nevada (+3.0 percent), Utah (+2.8 percent), and Washington (+2.6 percent). The largest job increases occurred in California (+314,200), Texas (+303,500), and Florida (+221,200).

Change in nonfarm employment by state, August 2018 to August 2019, seasonally adjusted

State

Percent change

August 2018 employment

August 2019 employment

Net change

Nevada

3.0% 1,391,500 1,433,600 42,100

Utah

2.8 1,525,000 1,567,100 42,100

Washington

2.6 3,416,000 3,505,000 89,000

Arizona

2.5 2,870,700 2,942,100 71,400

Florida

2.5 8,811,900 9,033,100 221,200

Colorado

2.4 2,734,700 2,799,600 64,900

Texas

2.4 12,552,600 12,856,100 303,500

Idaho

2.1 741,200 756,900 15,700

New Mexico

2.1 843,200 860,700 17,500

Alabama

2.0 2,045,600 2,087,400 41,800

Georgia

1.9 4,552,900 4,637,500 84,600

New Hampshire

1.9 681,500 694,500 13,000

Oregon

1.9 1,908,300 1,945,100 36,800

California

1.8 17,205,500 17,519,700 314,200

North Carolina

1.6 4,500,600 4,571,600 71,000

South Dakota

1.6 439,400 446,600 7,200

Rhode Island

1.5 496,800 504,200 7,400

South Carolina

1.5 2,148,400 2,180,300 31,900

Tennessee

1.5 3,069,700 3,115,600 45,900

Mississippi

1.3 1,153,700 1,168,700 15,000

Missouri

1.3 2,890,500 2,928,700 38,200

Montana

1.3 478,500 484,700 6,200

Wyoming

1.3 285,300 289,100 3,800

Arkansas

1.2 1,262,200 1,277,800 15,600

District of Columbia

1.2 792,700 802,100 9,400

Massachusetts

1.2 3,642,400 3,686,000 43,600

Alaska

1.1 327,100 330,800 3,700

Delaware

1.1 461,100 466,000 4,900

Illinois

1.1 6,120,800 6,186,300 65,500

Kansas

1.1 1,423,600 1,439,100 15,500

Maine

1.1 627,700 634,500 6,800

New Jersey

1.1 4,153,700 4,200,400 46,700

Kentucky

1.0 1,932,100 1,951,500 19,400

New York

1.0 9,691,700 9,783,800 92,100

Virginia

0.9 4,005,200 4,041,900 36,700

Iowa

0.8 1,582,600 1,595,200 12,600

Nebraska

0.8 1,024,400 1,032,600 8,200

West Virginia

0.7 729,900 735,000 5,100

Puerto Rico

0.7 866,100 872,500 6,400

Indiana

0.6 3,143,500 3,163,500 20,000

North Dakota

0.6 434,200 436,800 2,600

Pennsylvania

0.6 6,013,300 6,051,700 38,400

Connecticut

0.4 1,689,600 1,697,200 7,600

Michigan

0.4 4,431,400 4,447,400 16,000

Ohio

0.4 5,566,900 5,591,700 24,800

Oklahoma

0.3 1,689,600 1,695,300 5,700

Vermont

0.2 317,400 318,000 600

Hawaii

0.1 656,300 656,900 600

Louisiana

0.1 1,985,600 1,986,600 1,000

Maryland

0.1 2,745,600 2,749,300 3,700

Minnesota

0.1 2,960,900 2,963,700 2,800

Wisconsin

0.1 2,976,200 2,978,100 1,900

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "State Employment and Unemployment — August 2019." 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, Nevada had the largest percentage job increase in year ending August 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/nevada-had-the-largest-percentage-job-increase-in-year-ending-august-2019.htm (visited September 27, 2020).

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