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New Hampshire state government jobs decreased 26.1 percent for year ended December 2020

January 28, 2021

For the year ended December 2020, state government employment in New Hampshire decreased 26.1 percent, while local government employment decreased 6.6 percent. Over that period, 45 out of 50 states experienced a decrease in state government employment. New York had the lowest percentage decrease, at 1.0 percent. In the District of Columbia, state and local government employment rose 0.5 percent over the year.

12-month percent change in state government employment, February 2020 to December 2020
State Feb 2020 Mar 2020 Apr 2020 May 2020 Jun 2020 Jul 2020 Aug 2020 Sep 2020 Oct 2020 Nov 2020 Dec 2020

Alabama

2.8% 2.9% 1.1% 0.2% -3.8% -5.5% -3.2% -4.1% -2.1% -3.8% -4.3%

Alaska

-2.1 -2.1 -7.2 -5.9 -3.8 -6.3 -1.7 -1.3 -0.9 -0.4 1.3

Arizona

4.3 3.9 4.6 6.2 3.9 4.1 3.6 1.2 -0.4 -0.3 -2.6

Arkansas

0.4 0.4 -3.7 -5.8 -4.2 -2.7 -2.2 -2.4 -1.5 -1.8 -2.4

California

2.2 2.1 1.5 -0.2 -4.4 -5.2 -5.9 -5.6 -7.2 -6.8 -7.3

Colorado

4.9 5.3 4.6 5.7 5.4 -10.2 -8.8 -12.9 -11.5 -12.4 -12.7

Connecticut

-0.1 -0.4 -2.4 -3.4 -1.7 -0.8 1.0 -6.8 -6.8 -7.3 -8.3

Delaware

3.3 1.5 -0.6 -2.7 -3.4 -2.1 -2.7 -3.6 -6.5 -6.0 -6.3

District of Columbia

1.9 1.9 1.7 -0.5 2.7 -3.9 -4.0 1.0 2.2 -1.2 0.5

Florida

0.2 -0.4 -3.7 -4.9 -4.9 -3.9 -3.9 -4.2 -5.1 -4.8 -5.8

Georgia

-1.7 -2.1 -1.6 -5.9 -5.7 -4.4 -5.8 -6.2 -6.6 -6.8 -7.4

Hawaii

-0.5 -0.4 -16.1 -19.3 -13.5 -2.7 -2.1 -10.0 -12.1 -12.4 -11.1

Idaho

3.0 2.3 -2.3 -3.3 -1.6 -2.0 -1.6 -2.6 -6.7 -7.0 -8.9

Illinois

2.9 2.9 -2.0 -4.1 -1.8 -2.6 -3.3 -2.6 -2.2 -4.1 -4.0

Indiana

1.5 1.3 -3.7 -9.9 -6.5 -8.2 -7.2 -7.1 -5.5 -6.3 -7.6

Iowa

0.4 0.4 -12.1 -9.3 0.7 -0.7 2.4 2.1 1.0 0.7 0.6

Kansas

1.7 1.5 1.1 -3.1 -1.0 -1.5 0.2 -4.2 -6.4 -6.8 -9.8

Kentucky

-0.3 -0.2 -6.1 -12.0 -12.7 -11.2 -9.8 -11.1 -9.2 -8.9 -11.9

Louisiana

1.7 1.4 -0.3 0.9 7.6 9.0 5.2 1.0 -0.3 0.2 -1.9

Maine

0.8 1.2 0.8 -7.1 -7.8 -8.2 -8.2 -5.4 -7.3 -7.3 -12.0

Maryland

-0.1 -0.4 -2.9 -5.8 6.2 -4.0 -5.2 -8.8 -7.2 -8.6 -10.8

Massachusetts

0.3 0.5 -5.9 -8.6 -5.0 -4.6 -2.4 -6.4 -8.3 -9.1 -9.8

Michigan

1.0 -0.1 -7.8 -10.4 -9.7 -8.3 -6.7 -10.0 -8.8 -10.2 -12.0

Minnesota

1.5 0.6 -1.5 -2.9 -5.5 -3.7 -4.4 -5.9 -7.2 -6.9 -7.5

Mississippi

0.7 -2.7 -4.2 -10.1 -8.1 -7.4 -6.2 -8.0 -7.8 -8.8 -5.6

Missouri

1.1 1.1 -2.1 -7.5 -8.7 -7.4 -6.9 -1.9 -3.6 -4.0 -3.7

Montana

0.7 1.4 1.5 -4.6 5.8 5.4 4.7 5.4 4.7 5.0 3.9

Nebraska

1.4 1.6 -2.7 -5.3 -4.1 -2.3 -4.5 -5.0 -5.9 -6.6 -5.9

Nevada

-1.0 -1.0 -1.9 -1.7 5.6 6.5 6.8 -4.5 -5.3 -2.7 -2.9

New Hampshire

1.6 -2.0 -10.2 -10.7 -7.8 -10.5 -9.7 -16.7 -25.6 -24.5 -26.1

New Jersey

1.1 -13.1 -1.4 -0.4 0.4 -3.2 -0.6 -3.9 -4.6 -3.9 -5.1

New Mexico

2.3 2.0 0.0 3.7 -1.6 -1.6 5.0 5.7 5.0 5.1 7.3

New York

-0.1 0.0 0.1 0.5 2.4 2.1 1.6 1.4 0.5 0.2 -1.0

North Carolina

1.7 1.5 -1.8 -6.1 -8.7 -10.4 -12.9 -4.2 -3.6 -3.2 -3.4

North Dakota

-2.6 -1.3 -5.7 -7.0 -5.3 0.0 -4.0 -4.9 -3.1 -2.6 -2.2

Ohio

-2.7 -3.3 -6.6 -11.3 -12.5 -12.8 -13.0 -14.6 -15.7 -15.0 -14.0

Oklahoma

-0.7 -1.1 -2.0 -7.0 -0.8 -1.6 -1.1 -0.7 -1.5 -1.7 -1.9

Oregon

2.5 2.7 1.7 1.5 2.0 2.0 2.2 2.7 2.2 2.4 2.7

Pennsylvania

1.2 1.3 1.2 -1.0 -2.1 -1.4 -3.7 -4.4 -5.6 -6.1 -5.8

Rhode Island

2.5 1.5 4.9 5.4 2.5 0.5 1.5 -3.5 -2.4 -1.5 -4.9

South Carolina

1.6 1.6 -4.0 -7.7 -10.3 -9.1 -9.0 -6.2 -4.3 -4.1 -5.3

South Dakota

-0.5 -1.6 -12.4 -14.1 -6.0 -7.6 -2.2 -5.4 -4.9 -7.0 -10.3

Tennessee

-0.5 0.0 -2.9 -3.9 -3.2 -2.8 -2.7 -5.9 -5.5 -6.3 -9.1

Texas

1.5 1.3 0.1 -5.1 -7.3 -5.7 -5.6 -3.3 -3.1 -3.9 -5.2

Utah

3.2 3.0 -4.1 -11.0 -7.4 -0.9 -0.9 -1.5 -1.5 -1.4 -3.3

Vermont

3.6 1.0 -2.6 0.0 0.5 1.5 0.0 0.0 -2.0 -1.5 -3.0

Virginia

1.3 1.2 -5.2 -8.9 -8.7 -9.1 -6.7 -8.3 -6.0 -5.7 -7.5

Washington

-0.3 -0.7 -6.4 -5.8 -5.7 -6.5 -5.3 -6.1 -9.5 -8.8 -6.8

West Virginia

-1.9 -1.5 -8.6 -10.9 -6.9 -8.2 -5.3 -6.5 -5.3 -6.6 -7.3

Wisconsin

1.1 0.2 -31.3 -22.2 -19.5 -22.9 -19.5 -4.6 -9.7 -12.2 -13.3

Wyoming

-3.4 -4.7 -5.4 -6.1 -5.4 -6.7 -6.0 -8.2 -10.3 -11.0 -11.6

New Mexico had the largest percentage increase in state government employment for the year ended December 2020, at 7.3 percent. Over that period, other states with an increase in state government employment included Montana, Oregon, Alaska, and Iowa.

From December 2019 to December 2020, Nevada had the largest percentage decrease in local government employment, at 13.7 percent. Over that period, local government employment decreased for 49 out of 50 states.

12-month percent change in local government employment, February 2020 to December 2020
State Feb 2020 Mar 2020 Apr 2020 May 2020 Jun 2020 Jul 2020 Aug 2020 Sep 2020 Oct 2020 Nov 2020 Dec 2020

Alabama

0.6% 0.7% -1.8% -6.8% -6.8% -3.1% -2.7% -3.0% -3.1% -2.8% -2.7%

Alaska

-1.9 -2.1 -14.8 -14.6 -16.7 -11.0 -4.1 -5.3 -5.3 -5.6 -6.0

Arizona

0.9 0.6 -3.9 -6.7 -6.9 -2.1 -4.4 -4.4 -3.9 -3.7 -4.2

Arkansas

-1.9 -1.9 -4.7 -6.6 -3.9 -6.3 -5.3 -7.8 -7.6 -7.7 -7.3

California

1.2 1.1 -3.5 -7.7 -8.1 -8.7 -7.6 -7.4 -8.8 -9.1 -9.1

Colorado

1.8 2.1 -2.7 -8.4 -9.6 -7.4 -6.3 -6.4 -6.1 -5.7 -5.6

Connecticut

0.3 -0.9 -15.1 -17.8 -10.7 -12.6 -11.1 -10.2 -8.4 -8.0 -8.8

Delaware

2.9 2.9 -4.0 -4.0 -3.6 -4.6 -4.6 -3.9 -4.6 -4.2 -3.9

District of Columbia

1.9 1.9 1.7 -0.5 2.7 -3.9 -4.0 1.0 2.2 -1.2 0.5

Florida

1.1 1.3 -0.9 -0.8 -0.8 -0.1 -6.8 -5.2 -5.1 -4.6 -5.0

Georgia

0.9 0.4 -3.0 -4.1 -3.3 -0.5 -3.2 -4.1 -3.8 -3.7 -3.5

Hawaii

0.0 0.5 -1.1 -2.1 -2.6 -3.7 -3.7 -1.0 -0.5 1.6 0.5

Idaho

2.1 1.7 -3.1 -8.0 -7.1 -0.7 0.1 -2.8 -4.4 -4.1 -4.6

Illinois

1.5 1.5 -4.5 -7.7 -11.1 -8.3 -5.4 -6.5 -8.5 -7.5 -7.3

Indiana

0.1 -0.5 -4.3 -5.8 -5.6 -3.9 -3.3 -4.1 -4.1 -3.3 -3.6

Iowa

0.9 0.2 -7.9 -12.2 -10.2 -6.1 -6.0 -5.4 -5.4 -5.6 -6.2

Kansas

-0.1 0.6 -4.6 -7.9 -8.2 -5.7 -5.1 -7.1 -5.1 -5.4 -5.8

Kentucky

0.5 0.3 -5.1 -9.0 -9.6 -10.1 -4.8 -8.2 -7.8 -6.8 -8.4

Louisiana

0.2 0.4 -4.3 -6.9 -7.9 -5.2 -4.3 -4.5 -4.8 -4.9 -3.5

Maine

-0.8 -2.2 -10.3 -12.3 -12.8 -4.4 -4.4 -9.6 -10.4 -9.5 -9.8

Maryland

-1.4 -1.4 -6.2 -8.6 -11.7 -2.6 -3.9 -8.6 -8.4 -7.8 -8.1

Massachusetts

0.6 0.2 -6.9 -8.6 -9.3 -7.9 -5.3 -6.3 -6.3 -6.2 -7.5

Michigan

1.7 1.8 -4.5 -7.5 -7.2 -7.2 -7.5 -7.5 -6.8 -6.1 -8.0

Minnesota

0.3 0.1 -8.4 -13.1 -12.6 -10.4 -7.8 -9.0 -7.9 -7.8 -10.0

Mississippi

1.0 0.4 -2.4 -3.2 -3.4 -1.4 -2.4 -3.4 -3.3 -3.0 -2.6

Missouri

-0.1 -0.4 -4.8 -7.8 -6.9 0.6 -0.3 -4.0 -3.7 -3.9 -3.9

Montana

0.2 0.6 -6.8 -10.4 -6.4 -6.6 -5.8 -2.2 -2.0 -2.6 -3.0

Nebraska

-0.2 0.2 -4.0 -9.7 -9.3 -5.6 -4.1 -2.8 -3.7 -4.3 -3.5

Nevada

2.1 2.4 -6.7 -7.0 -11.1 -11.5 -12.8 -12.1 -12.0 -11.4 -13.7

New Hampshire

0.2 -2.9 -10.2 -10.2 -10.8 -5.0 -3.9 -5.4 -5.9 -5.4 -6.6

New Jersey

0.3 0.3 -5.5 -6.6 -8.4 -11.9 -8.5 -3.1 -6.1 -5.8 -6.4

New Mexico

0.3 0.9 -4.2 -4.4 -3.9 -5.9 -6.1 -6.8 -7.6 -5.6 -7.1

New York

0.2 0.2 -5.6 -7.9 -8.6 -14.7 -11.4 -3.6 -3.2 -3.6 -4.4

North Carolina

0.7 0.8 -3.9 -9.6 -4.6 -3.9 -3.7 -4.5 -5.7 -5.5 -5.0

North Dakota

2.4 2.0 -7.5 -11.4 -9.8 -5.3 -2.7 0.4 -0.2 -0.2 -2.1

Ohio

-0.1 -0.2 -6.9 -10.6 -8.3 -8.1 -8.2 -6.1 -4.6 -4.3 -5.4

Oklahoma

2.3 2.3 -2.5 -5.3 -4.5 -2.9 -3.6 -3.5 -3.6 -3.8 -3.8

Oregon

1.8 0.9 -4.9 -8.8 -10.0 -7.9 -7.5 -6.9 -10.2 -10.3 -11.0

Pennsylvania

0.4 -0.3 -4.6 -5.2 -5.7 -3.7 -3.7 -5.3 -4.5 -4.6 -5.0

Rhode Island

0.9 -1.2 -7.1 -7.1 -8.9 -6.3 -6.5 -4.7 -5.0 -4.1 -6.5

South Carolina

1.9 2.2 -1.7 -3.0 -2.9 -3.2 -1.1 -2.8 -3.1 -3.3 -2.9

South Dakota

1.4 1.6 -7.0 -11.8 -10.8 -10.7 -5.8 -2.4 -3.8 -3.0 -3.2

Tennessee

0.4 0.5 -3.4 -5.1 2.1 -5.9 -4.4 -3.9 -3.1 -3.4 -4.0

Texas

1.6 1.6 -1.1 -3.6 -4.4 -2.3 -2.0 -2.7 -3.1 -2.7 -2.5

Utah

2.2 1.7 -3.0 -6.8 -2.2 0.8 -4.3 0.0 -0.9 -1.8 -2.6

Vermont

0.0 -0.3 -9.6 -11.3 -9.2 -5.8 -3.9 -6.3 -7.3 -5.3 -5.3

Virginia

0.7 0.8 -4.1 -8.0 -8.9 -11.1 -4.0 -5.2 -6.0 -7.0 -6.6

Washington

1.9 2.1 -3.6 -9.6 -10.6 -8.1 -4.1 -6.0 -10.0 -10.2 -10.0

West Virginia

0.0 -0.2 -8.3 -10.4 1.2 -5.2 -5.8 -7.5 -7.3 -5.2 -7.0

Wisconsin

0.6 -0.2 -9.0 -10.3 -11.2 -8.2 -3.7 -4.8 -7.5 -6.6 -7.8

Wyoming

0.4 0.6 -3.0 -7.3 -7.7 -1.1 -3.0 -1.5 -1.3 -1.9 -2.4

For the year ended December 2020, Hawaii had the only percentage increase in local government employment, at 0.5 percent. For the 12-month period ending in November 2020, local government employment in Hawaii had increased 1.6 percent.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program. The data are seasonally adjusted, except for the District of Columbia. Data for the District of Columbia are the same in the maps for both state government and local government. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “State Employment and Unemployment — December 2020.” For more charts and tables related to state employment and unemployment, see the state chart package.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, New Hampshire state government jobs decreased 26.1 percent for year ended December 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/new-hampshire-state-government-jobs-decreased-26-1-percent-for-year-ended-december-2020.htm (visited July 29, 2021).

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