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Nevada, Florida, and Texas lead nation in job percent gains for year ending February 2023

April 04, 2023

From February 2022 to February 2023, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 46 states and was essentially unchanged in 4 states and the District of Columbia.

Percent change in nonfarm employment by state, February 2022 to February 2023

Percent change in nonfarm employment by state, February 2022 to February 2023
State Percent change February 2022 employment February 2023 employment Net change

Alabama

2.0% 2,097,900 2,139,400 41,500

Alaska

3.1 316,800 326,500 9,700

Arizona

2.6 3,069,000 3,147,800 78,800

Arkansas

2.5 1,322,100 1,354,600 32,500

California

2.8 17,483,100 17,969,600 486,500

Colorado

1.6 2,841,000 2,887,700 46,700

Connecticut

1.7 1,658,800 1,687,500 28,700

Delaware

2.3 469,100 479,900 10,800

District of Columbia

1.7 757,700 770,700 13,000

Florida

4.6 9,254,500 9,681,900 427,400

Georgia

2.8 4,740,700 4,875,800 135,100

Hawaii

4.0 608,800 633,200 24,400

Idaho

3.0 820,200 845,100 24,900

Illinois

2.4 5,969,700 6,114,600 144,900

Indiana

2.3 3,163,300 3,236,900 73,600

Iowa

1.5 1,567,500 1,590,300 22,800

Kansas

2.9 1,406,700 1,448,000 41,300

Kentucky

2.2 1,948,900 1,991,900 43,000

Louisiana

1.9 1,910,500 1,946,000 35,500

Maine

2.0 634,300 646,800 12,500

Maryland

0.7 2,707,100 2,725,300 18,200

Massachusetts

2.5 3,644,100 3,735,800 91,700

Michigan

2.1 4,324,700 4,416,400 91,700

Minnesota

2.5 2,909,400 2,983,000 73,600

Mississippi

1.5 1,162,100 1,179,700 17,600

Missouri

2.0 2,904,000 2,962,000 58,000

Montana

2.5 505,500 518,100 12,600

Nebraska

2.1 1,021,600 1,043,300 21,700

Nevada

5.1 1,463,000 1,537,700 74,700

New Hampshire

2.7 681,100 699,500 18,400

New Jersey

2.5 4,216,000 4,321,400 105,400

New Mexico

2.6 840,700 862,800 22,100

New York

2.9 9,412,600 9,682,000 269,400

North Carolina

3.0 4,740,500 4,884,600 144,100

North Dakota

2.5 423,900 434,400 10,500

Ohio

1.4 5,497,700 5,575,500 77,800

Oklahoma

2.7 1,682,800 1,728,200 45,400

Oregon

3.0 1,930,800 1,989,600 58,800

Pennsylvania

2.8 5,929,600 6,094,400 164,800

Rhode Island

1.9 491,600 501,000 9,400

South Carolina

2.4 2,224,200 2,278,100 53,900

South Dakota

2.3 449,400 459,900 10,500

Tennessee

3.2 3,207,200 3,310,500 103,300

Texas

4.6 13,220,500 13,831,900 611,400

Utah

3.2 1,659,400 1,712,000 52,600

Vermont

2.2 301,000 307,500 6,500

Virginia

2.4 4,035,100 4,131,200 96,100

Washington

3.5 3,491,000 3,613,500 122,500

West Virginia

0.4 697,000 699,500 2,500

Wisconsin

1.7 2,947,100 2,997,400 50,300

Wyoming

2.1 282,700 288,700 6,000

Puerto Rico

3.1 913,700 942,200 28,500

The largest job increases occurred in Texas (+611,400), California (+486,500), and Florida (+427,400). The largest percentage increase occurred in Nevada (+5.1 percent), followed by Florida and Texas (+4.6 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 — February 2023." 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, Nevada, Florida, and Texas lead nation in job percent gains for year ending February 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/nevada-florida-and-texas-lead-nation-in-job-percent-gains-for-year-ending-february-2023.htm (visited February 24, 2024).

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