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Twenty-two states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in February 2019

April 01, 2019

Twenty-two states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in February 2019, while 28 states and the District of Columbia had essentially no change. The largest job gains occurred in Texas (+268,800), California (+222,500), and Florida (+211,900).

Change in nonfarm payroll employment by state, February 2018–February 2019, seasonally adjusted
State Over-the-year net change February 2019 employment February 2018 employment Statistically significant? Over-the-year percent change

Texas

268,800 12,662,400 12,393,600 Yes 2.2%

California

222,500 17,322,700 17,100,200 Yes 1.3

Florida

211,900 8,921,600 8,709,700 Yes 2.4

Georgia

97,100 4,604,800 4,507,700 Yes 2.2

New York

95,400 9,743,500 9,648,100 Yes 1.0

Arizona

76,900 2,905,400 2,828,500 Yes 2.7

Washington

66,700 3,445,800 3,379,100 Yes 2.0

North Carolina

64,800 4,536,000 4,471,200 Yes 1.4

Illinois

59,100 6,162,400 6,103,300 Yes 1.0

Tennessee

53,000 3,096,500 3,043,500 Yes 1.7

Nevada

48,400 1,418,800 1,370,400 Yes 3.5

Colorado

44,800 2,749,600 2,704,800 Yes 1.7

Utah

43,700 1,546,600 1,502,900 Yes 2.9

Pennsylvania

43,300 6,037,800 5,994,500 No 0.7

Indiana

42,600 3,177,400 3,134,800 Yes 1.4

Michigan

41,200 4,447,500 4,406,300 Yes 0.9

Ohio

36,100 5,594,200 5,558,100 No 0.6

New Jersey

33,000 4,183,600 4,150,600 No 0.8

Alabama

32,300 2,065,200 2,032,900 Yes 1.6

Virginia

31,500 4,026,000 3,994,500 No 0.8

South Carolina

31,100 2,171,900 2,140,800 Yes 1.5

Oregon

29,500 1,933,200 1,903,700 Yes 1.5

Kentucky

21,100 1,949,900 1,928,800 Yes 1.1

Massachusetts

20,300 3,669,000 3,648,700 No 0.6

Idaho

18,600 750,600 732,000 Yes 2.5

West Virginia

17,500 736,800 719,300 Yes 2.4

Missouri

14,800 2,898,600 2,883,800 No 0.5

Oklahoma

14,300 1,693,900 1,679,600 No 0.8

Arkansas

13,500 1,273,800 1,260,300 No 1.1

Maryland

12,900 2,758,500 2,745,600 No 0.5

Mississippi

12,100 1,161,900 1,149,800 No 1.0

Wisconsin

11,400 2,985,200 2,973,800 No 0.4

Kansas

8,800 1,420,600 1,411,800 No 0.6

South Dakota

8,600 446,200 437,600 Yes 2.0

New Mexico

8,400 848,100 839,700 No 1.0

New Hampshire

6,900 688,200 681,300 No 1.0

Louisiana

5,900 1,980,100 1,974,200 No 0.3

Iowa

5,800 1,587,900 1,582,100 No 0.4

Montana

5,000 480,200 475,200 No 1.0

Connecticut

4,600 1,693,900 1,689,300 No 0.3

Wyoming

4,500 289,100 284,600 No 1.6

Nebraska

4,500 1,027,100 1,022,600 No 0.4

Maine

4,400 634,400 630,000 No 0.7

Delaware

4,300 465,200 460,900 No 0.9

District of Columbia

3,800 794,800 791,000 No 0.5

Hawaii

3,200 659,700 656,500 No 0.5

North Dakota

2,100 434,600 432,500 No 0.5

Alaska

1,700 329,500 327,800 No 0.5

Minnesota

1,500 2,955,700 2,954,200 No 0.1

Vermont

1,400 316,800 315,400 No 0.4

Rhode Island

-1,600 494,600 496,200 No -0.3

The largest over-the-year percentage gain in nonfarm payroll employment occurred in Nevada (+3.5 percent), followed by Utah (+2.9 percent) and Arizona (+2.7 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 — February 2019.” 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, Twenty-two states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in February 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/twenty-two-states-had-over-the-year-increases-in-nonfarm-payroll-employment-in-february-2019.htm (visited February 21, 2020).

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