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26 states added jobs from December 2018 to December 2019

January 28, 2020

From December 2018 to December 2019, 26 states had statistically significant over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment. The largest job gains occurred in Texas (342,800), California (310,300), and Florida (212,000). The largest percentage gains occurred in Utah (3.1 percent), Idaho (2.9 percent), and Arizona (2.8 percent).

Change in nonfarm employment by state, December 2018 to December 2019, seasonally adjusted
State Percent change December 2018 employment December 2019 employment Net change Statistically significant?

Utah

3.1% 1,540,300 1,588,200 47,900 Yes

Idaho

2.9 742,300 763,900 21,600 Yes

Arizona

2.8 2,891,000 2,971,800 80,800 Yes

Texas

2.7 12,633,900 12,976,700 342,800 Yes

Florida

2.4 8,892,000 9,104,000 212,000 Yes

Washington

2.4 3,444,200 3,528,400 84,200 Yes

Alabama

2.2 2,057,600 2,103,300 45,700 Yes

Colorado

2.1 2,746,900 2,803,500 56,600 Yes

North Carolina

2.1 4,499,700 4,593,600 93,900 Yes

Nevada

1.9 1,412,700 1,440,100 27,400 Yes

Oregon

1.9 1,920,900 1,957,700 36,800 Yes

California

1.8 17,302,200 17,612,500 310,300 Yes

New Mexico

1.8 846,200 861,800 15,600 Yes

Rhode Island

1.7 497,700 506,300 8,600 Yes

Tennessee

1.6 3,087,300 3,136,500 49,200 Yes

Georgia

1.5 4,587,000 4,653,700 66,700 Yes

Nebraska

1.5 1,023,800 1,039,500 15,700 Yes

Arkansas

1.4 1,269,400 1,287,700 18,300 Yes

District of Columbia

1.4 793,100 804,000 10,900 No

Kansas

1.4 1,423,300 1,443,400 20,100 Yes

Delaware

1.3 464,200 470,400 6,200 No

South Carolina

1.3 2,166,500 2,193,700 27,200 Yes

Maine

1.2 627,900 635,300 7,400 No

Massachusetts

1.2 3,649,200 3,694,000 44,800 Yes

Maryland

1.1 2,759,700 2,790,700 31,000 Yes

New York

1.1 9,714,600 9,821,800 107,200 Yes

Virginia

1.1 4,008,600 4,053,800 45,200 Yes

New Hampshire

0.9 683,700 690,100 6,400 No

New Jersey

0.9 4,179,100 4,218,100 39,000 Yes

South Dakota

0.9 445,600 449,500 3,900 No

Hawaii

0.8 659,200 664,200 5,000 No

Montana

0.8 481,300 485,000 3,700 No

Illinois

0.7 6,148,300 6,193,300 45,000 Yes

Kentucky

0.7 1,940,000 1,953,600 13,600 No

Missouri

0.7 2,894,100 2,914,200 20,100 No

Louisiana

0.5 1,982,200 1,991,200 9,000 No

Mississippi

0.5 1,162,600 1,168,700 6,100 No

North Dakota

0.5 434,600 436,900 2,300 No

Ohio

0.5 5,583,300 5,610,600 27,300 No

Pennsylvania

0.5 6,030,700 6,063,400 32,700 No

Michigan

0.4 4,432,200 4,451,700 19,500 No

Connecticut

0.2 1,696,800 1,700,400 3,600 No

Minnesota

0.2 2,961,100 2,967,400 6,300 No

Wisconsin

0.2 2,984,500 2,991,500 7,000 No

Indiana

0.1 3,161,100 3,165,500 4,400 No

Alaska

0.0 329,100 329,200 100 No

Iowa

-0.2 1,593,400 1,591,000 -2,400 No

Oklahoma

-0.3 1,696,200 1,691,400 -4,800 No

Vermont

-0.3 316,600 315,500 -1,100 No

West Virginia

-0.4 730,400 727,500 -2,900 No

Wyoming

-1.1 288,900 285,800 -3,100 No

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 and subject to revision. To learn more, see “State Employment and Unemployment — December 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, 26 states added jobs from December 2018 to December 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/26-states-added-jobs-from-december-2018-to-december-2019.htm (visited February 16, 2020).

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