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Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 48 states and D.C. for the year ended December 2021

January 28, 2022

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 48 states and the District of Columbia and was essentially unchanged in 2 states for the year ended December 2021. The largest job increases occurred in California (+954,400), Texas (+694,400), and Florida (+479,300). The largest percentage increases occurred in Nevada (+7.4 percent), Hawaii (+7.1 percent), and Massachusetts (+6.6 percent).

Change in nonfarm employment by state, December 2020 to December 2021
State Percent change December 2020 employment December 2021 employment Net change

Alabama

2.2% 2,012,500 2,057,200 44,700

Alaska

2.3 304,100 311,000 6,900

Arizona

5.1 2,860,300 3,007,500 147,200

Arkansas

2.1 1,257,500 1,283,800 26,300

California

6.0 15,937,900 16,892,300 954,400

Colorado

5.8 2,626,700 2,778,700 152,000

Connecticut

3.3 1,570,800 1,622,000 51,200

Delaware

2.5 442,300 453,500 11,200

District of Columbia

3.5 733,900 759,600 25,700

Florida

5.6 8,492,000 8,971,300 479,300

Georgia

4.5 4,449,800 4,648,000 198,200

Hawaii

7.1 541,700 580,100 38,400

Idaho

1.8 776,400 790,500 14,100

Illinois

4.7 5,637,300 5,899,900 262,600

Indiana

3.1 3,024,800 3,118,200 93,400

Iowa

2.7 1,513,400 1,554,600 41,200

Kansas

2.8 1,354,700 1,393,300 38,600

Kentucky

3.3 1,841,800 1,903,300 61,500

Louisiana

2.2 1,834,600 1,874,200 39,600

Maine

2.5 601,200 616,300 15,100

Maryland

3.8 2,603,900 2,703,600 99,700

Massachusetts

6.6 3,356,300 3,578,500 222,200

Michigan

5.5 4,027,900 4,247,700 219,800

Minnesota

6.2 2,719,600 2,887,400 167,800

Mississippi

2.1 1,125,900 1,149,600 23,700

Missouri

2.8 2,799,200 2,876,800 77,600

Montana

2.4 476,400 487,900 11,500

Nebraska

2.4 998,300 1,022,000 23,700

Nevada

7.4 1,277,500 1,372,200 94,700

New Hampshire

4.4 639,300 667,300 28,000

New Jersey

5.4 3,864,900 4,073,600 208,700

New Mexico

6.3 778,400 827,500 49,100

New York

4.3 8,723,300 9,101,500 378,200

North Carolina

3.2 4,435,800 4,579,300 143,500

North Dakota

2.8 407,900 419,400 11,500

Ohio

2.4 5,277,800 5,405,400 127,600

Oklahoma

2.5 1,614,100 1,654,200 40,100

Oregon

6.0 1,798,200 1,905,300 107,100

Pennsylvania

3.6 5,602,400 5,804,600 202,200

Rhode Island

6.1 457,800 485,800 28,000

South Carolina

2.1 2,117,300 2,162,200 44,900

South Dakota

0.8 431,600 435,000 3,400

Tennessee

3.2 3,030,500 3,126,900 96,400

Texas

5.6 12,365,200 13,059,600 694,400

Utah

4.3 1,565,100 1,632,200 67,100

Vermont

3.5 286,100 296,100 10,000

Virginia

2.8 3,881,100 3,988,100 107,000

Washington

6.1 3,266,800 3,467,200 200,400

West Virginia

4.2 671,900 700,200 28,300

Wisconsin

2.4 2,831,100 2,898,300 67,200

Wyoming

0.9 273,700 276,300 2,600

Puerto Rico

3.5 837,300 866,200 28,900

On a monthly basis, payroll employment increased in 17 states and was essentially unchanged in 33 states and the District of Columbia in December 2021. The largest job gains occurred in California (+50,700), Texas (+50,000), and New York (+45,300). The largest percentage increases occurred in Iowa and West Virginia (+0.8 percent each), followed by Massachusetts, Missouri, and Montana (+0.6 percent each).

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 2021." For more charts and maps 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, Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 48 states and D.C. for the year ended December 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/nonfarm-payroll-employment-increased-in-48-states-and-dc-for-the-year-ended-december-2021.htm (visited October 05, 2022).

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