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Utah, Arizona, and Idaho had largest percentage job increases in year ending January 2020

March 19, 2020

Eighteen states had statistically significant increases in nonfarm payroll employment from January 2019 to January 2020. Employment was essentially unchanged over the year in 32 states and the District of Columbia. The largest percentage gains occurred in Utah (+2.9 percent) and Arizona and Idaho (+2.5 percent each).

Change in nonfarm employment by state, January 2019 to January 2020
State Percent change January 2020 employment January 2019 employment Net change Statistically significant?

Utah

2.9% 1,585,800 1,540,700 45,100 Yes

Arizona

2.5 2,982,100 2,908,500 73,600 Yes

Idaho

2.5 770,000 751,300 18,700 Yes

Texas

2.2 12,964,500 12,684,600 279,900 Yes

Washington

2.1 3,516,000 3,444,300 71,700 Yes

Colorado

2.0 2,814,800 2,760,900 53,900 Yes

Florida

2.0 9,066,100 8,888,700 177,400 Yes

South Carolina

1.9 2,215,400 2,173,800 41,600 Yes

New Mexico

1.7 865,300 851,200 14,100 Yes

Nevada

1.6 1,429,100 1,406,300 22,800 Yes

California

1.5 17,575,800 17,324,000 251,800 Yes

Tennessee

1.5 3,151,100 3,105,000 46,100 Yes

Montana

1.3 489,000 482,600 6,400 No

New Jersey

1.3 4,240,500 4,186,000 54,500 Yes

Georgia

1.2 4,649,900 4,596,800 53,100 Yes

Virginia

1.2 4,091,700 4,042,000 49,700 Yes

North Carolina

1.1 4,608,900 4,558,800 50,100 Yes

District of Columbia

1.0 802,100 794,300 7,800 No

Maryland

0.9 2,795,200 2,769,400 25,800 No

Massachusetts

0.9 3,710,200 3,676,800 33,400 Yes

Oregon

0.9 1,952,200 1,935,300 16,900 No

Delaware

0.8 468,400 464,900 3,500 No

Nebraska

0.8 1,036,600 1,028,800 7,800 No

New Hampshire

0.8 690,300 684,600 5,700 No

New York

0.8 9,843,200 9,760,700 82,500 Yes

Alabama

0.7 2,080,300 2,066,300 14,000 No

Kansas

0.7 1,430,900 1,421,000 9,900 No

Maine

0.7 639,700 635,300 4,400 No

Pennsylvania

0.7 6,093,000 6,052,600 40,400 No

South Dakota

0.7 444,200 441,000 3,200 No

Connecticut

0.5 1,696,100 1,688,300 7,800 No

Michigan

0.5 4,449,700 4,429,700 20,000 No

North Dakota

0.5 440,700 438,400 2,300 No

Kentucky

0.3 1,946,200 1,940,200 6,000 No

Minnesota

0.3 2,984,600 2,976,400 8,200 No

Rhode Island

0.3 505,500 503,800 1,700 No

Arkansas

0.2 1,282,200 1,279,300 2,900 No

Hawaii

0.2 659,300 657,800 1,500 No

Missouri

0.2 2,908,400 2,901,300 7,100 No

Oklahoma

0.2 1,705,000 1,701,400 3,600 No

Wisconsin

0.2 2,992,800 2,986,600 6,200 No

Illinois

0.1 6,133,800 6,124,700 9,100 No

Mississippi

0.1 1,160,900 1,159,600 1,300 No

Alaska

-0.2 328,500 329,300 -800 No

Indiana

-0.2 3,171,300 3,179,200 -7,900 No

Ohio

-0.2 5,585,600 5,598,100 -12,500 No

Iowa

-0.4 1,584,500 1,590,900 -6,400 No

Vermont

-0.4 313,900 315,300 -1,400 No

Wyoming

-0.4 288,600 289,700 -1,100 No

Louisiana

-0.5 1,986,700 1,996,800 -10,100 No

West Virginia

-1.2 716,000 724,500 -8,500 No

The largest job gains from January 2019 to January 2020 occurred in Texas (+279,900), California (+251,800), and Florida (+177,400).

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 — January 2020." 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, Utah, Arizona, and Idaho had largest percentage job increases in year ending January 2020 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/utah-arizona-and-idaho-had-largest-percentage-job-increases-in-year-ending-january-2020.htm (visited April 01, 2020).

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