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Job losses exceeded job gains in 46 states and D.C for the quarter ended in March 2020

November 04, 2020

From December 2019 to March 2020, the difference between the number of  job gains and the number of job losses yielded a net employment loss of 773,000 jobs in the private sector. Over this period, job losses exceeded job gains in 46 states and D.C.

Gross job gains and losses in the private sector as a percent of total employment for the quarter ended March 2020
State Gross job gains as a percent of total employment Gross job losses as a percent of total employment

Alabama

5.5% 5.9%

Alaska

9.2 9.5

Arizona

5.6 5.9

Arkansas

5.1 5.5

California

6.1 6.7

Colorado

6.3 7.0

Connecticut

5.2 5.9

Delaware

6.2 6.6

District of Columbia

5.2 5.3

Florida

5.4 6.2

Georgia

5.6 5.9

Hawaii

5.2 5.8

Idaho

7.6 6.1

Illinois

5.0 6.0

Indiana

4.9 6.0

Iowa

5.2 5.9

Kansas

5.4 6.0

Kentucky

5.3 6.1

Louisiana

5.3 6.3

Maine

6.4 7.0

Maryland

5.7 6.7

Massachusetts

5.2 6.0

Michigan

5.0 5.7

Minnesota

5.0 5.6

Mississippi

5.6 6.2

Missouri

5.2 5.7

Montana

7.7 7.7

Nebraska

5.8 6.1

Nevada

5.4 6.3

New Hampshire

6.0 6.4

New Jersey

5.7 6.3

New Mexico

6.1 6.5

New York

5.5 6.4

North Carolina

5.8 5.7

North Dakota

6.8 7.0

Ohio

5.1 5.6

Oklahoma

5.4 6.7

Oregon

6.2 6.5

Pennsylvania

4.9 5.6

Rhode Island

6.1 6.5

South Carolina

5.5 6.6

South Dakota

6.0 6.6

Tennessee

4.9 5.3

Texas

5.0 5.5

Utah

6.6 6.4

Vermont

5.8 7.6

Virginia

5.6 6.1

Washington

7.4 7.4

West Virginia

6.0 6.8

Wisconsin

5.0 5.3

Wyoming

8.6 9.3

For the quarter ended in March 2020, Alaska (9.2%), Wyoming (8.6%), and Montana (7.7%) had the highest number of job gains as a percent of total employment. Those states also had the highest number job losses as a percent of total employment: Alaska (9.5%), Wyoming (9.3%), and Montana (7.7%).

These data are from the Business Employment Dynamics program and are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "Business Employment Dynamics — First Quarter 2020." Also see charts related to the latest "Business Employment Dynamics" news release.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job losses exceeded job gains in 46 states and D.C for the quarter ended in March 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/job-losses-exceeded-job-gains-in-46-states-and-d-c-for-the-quarter-ended-in-march-2020.htm (visited September 19, 2021).

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