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Occupations with a high concentration in each state in May 2019

July 30, 2020

A location quotient measures how concentrated an occupation is in a geographic area compared with the nation. For example, the location quotient for zoologists and wildlife biologists in Alaska was 17.9 in May 2019. That means zoologists and wildlife biologists were employed in Alaska at 18 times the national rate!

Occupations with the highest location quotient in each state, May 2019
State Major group Occupation Location Quotient Employment

Alabama

Production Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 7.1 1,550

Alaska

Life, physical, and social science Zoologists and wildlife biologists 17.9 740

Arizona

Construction and extraction Plasterers and stucco masons 4.4 2,340

Arkansas

Farming, fishing, and forestry Logging workers, all other 18.2 560

California

Business and financial operations Farm laborer contractors 6.9 130

Colorado

Life, physical, and social science Atmospheric and space scientists 5.7 970

Connecticut

Computer and mathematical Actuaries 5.4 1,350

Delaware

Production Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 11.7 5,550

District of Columbia

Life, physical, and social science Political scientists 106.7 3,160

Florida

Construction and extraction Helpers--roofers 3.4 1,840

Georgia

Production Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders 12.7 12,070

Hawaii

Transportation and material moving Passenger attendants 14.1 1,720

Idaho

Farming, fishing, and forestry Logging workers, all other 10.8 200

Illinois

Healthcare support Occupational therapy aides 7.8 2,410

Indiana

Production Engine and other machine assemblers 8.3 7,990

Iowa

Architecture and engineering Agricultural engineers 9.2 150

Kansas

Production Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers 21.8 8,860

Kentucky

Construction and extraction Roof bolters, mining 15.1 610

Louisiana

Transportation and material moving Sailors and marine oilers 17.9 7,340

Maine

Production Layout workers, metal and plastic 23.8 810

Maryland

Life, physical, and social science Geographers 11.0 280

Massachusetts

Life, physical, and social science Biochemists and biophysicists 5.5 4,250

Michigan

Production Model makers, metal and plastic 8.7 1,100

Minnesota

Personal care and service Gambling and sports book writers and runners 4.8 940

Mississippi

Production Upholsterers 14.2 3,200

Missouri

Construction and extraction Terrazzo workers and finishers 4.4 250

Montana

Personal care and service Gambling and sports book writers and runners 17.6 560

Nebraska

Production Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 8.9 9,200

Nevada

Personal care and service Gambling service workers, all other 33.3 3,310

New Hampshire

Installation, maintenance, and repair Commercial divers 6.0 90

New Jersey

Life, physical, and social science Biochemists and biophysicists 8.3 7,280

New Mexico

Life, physical, and social science Physicists 18.5 1,740

New York

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media Fashion designers 5.9 8,460

North Carolina

Production Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders 7.6 2,020

North Dakota

Transportation and material moving Wellhead pumpers 29.7 1,110

Ohio

Production Foundry mold and coremakers 4.6 3,000

Oklahoma

Construction and extraction Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 15.0 3,480

Oregon

Farming, fishing, and forestry Logging workers, all other 24.9 1,210

Pennsylvania

Transportation and material moving Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators 3.9 540

Rhode Island

Production Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers 10.0 780

South Carolina

Production Tire builders 13.3 3,970

South Dakota

Farming, fishing, and forestry Forest and conservation workers 27.4 540

Tennessee

Production Woodworkers, all other 8.6 1,180

Texas

Architecture and engineering Petroleum engineers 6.8 18,720

Utah

Construction and extraction Continuous mining machine operators 9.3 1,400

Vermont

Installation, maintenance, and repair Bicycle repairers 7.0 190

Virginia

Architecture and engineering Marine engineers and naval architects 8.4 2,520

Washington

Farming, fishing, and forestry Logging workers, all other 7.1 600

West Virginia

Construction and extraction Loading and moving machine operators, underground mining 68.4 1,370

Wisconsin

Farming, fishing, and forestry Animal breeders 8.2 260

Wyoming

Construction and extraction Service unit operators, oil and gas 20.2 1,950

In May 2019, there were four states in which logging workers, all other, was the occupation with the highest location quotient: Oregon (24.9), Arkansas (18.2), Idaho (10.8), and Washington (7.1). In Vermont, bicycle repairers had the highest concentration of employment, at 7 times the national rate. Animal breeders had the highest location quotient in Wisconsin, at 8.2.

Having a high concentration of an occupation does not necessarily mean employment in that occupation is high. In May 2019, commercial divers had the highest location quotient in New Hampshire (6.0), but employment was low (90).

These data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program. The location quotient is the ratio of an occupation’s share of employment in an area to that occupations employment share in the United States. For example, an occupation that makes up 10 percent of employment in a state compared with 2 percent of U.S. employment would have a location quotient of 5 for the state. A location quotient of 1 means the occupation has the same share of state employment as the national average.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Occupations with a high concentration in each state in May 2019 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/occupations-with-a-high-concentration-in-each-state-in-may-2019.htm (visited August 11, 2020).

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