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Texas had largest percentage increase in employment from May 2022 to May 2023

July 03, 2023

From May 2022 to May 2023, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 42 states and was essentially unchanged in 8 states and the District of Columbia. The largest percentage increase occurred in Texas (4.0 percent), followed by Florida and Nevada (3.7 percent each). The largest job gains occurred in Texas (529,800), California (427,500), and Florida (346,600).

Change in nonfarm employment by state, May 2022 to May 2023
State Percent change May 2022 employment May 2023 employment Change

Alabama

2.1 2,105,000 2,149,000 44,000

Alaska

1.8 318,900 324,700 5,800

Arizona

1.8 3,094,700 3,151,500 56,800

Arkansas

2.7 1,326,400 1,362,700 36,300

California

2.4 17,660,700 18,088,200 427,500

Colorado

1.1 2,870,300 2,900,500 30,200

Connecticut

1.5 1,666,600 1,691,500 24,900

Delaware

3.3 470,100 485,700 15,600

District of Columbia

1.5 765,100 776,400 11,300

Florida

3.7 9,379,500 9,726,100 346,600

Georgia

2.5 4,790,400 4,908,500 118,100

Hawaii

3.2 611,400 631,000 19,600

Idaho

3.1 821,800 847,200 25,400

Illinois

2.0 6,009,400 6,129,700 120,300

Indiana

2.6 3,182,400 3,266,700 84,300

Iowa

2.0 1,565,000 1,596,400 31,400

Kansas

2.3 1,409,800 1,441,600 31,800

Kentucky

2.7 1,954,100 2,005,900 51,800

Louisiana

2.5 1,914,500 1,962,900 48,400

Maine

1.4 637,800 646,900 9,100

Maryland

1.4 2,702,400 2,739,200 36,800

Massachusetts

2.9 3,660,600 3,765,700 105,100

Michigan

1.9 4,358,000 4,440,100 82,100

Minnesota

2.0 2,927,700 2,986,700 59,000

Mississippi

1.4 1,162,100 1,178,700 16,600

Missouri

1.9 2,922,100 2,977,700 55,600

Montana

1.4 508,000 515,100 7,100

Nebraska

1.9 1,020,400 1,039,800 19,400

Nevada

3.7 1,485,600 1,540,900 55,300

New Hampshire

2.6 684,000 701,500 17,500

New Jersey

2.2 4,242,200 4,335,800 93,600

New Mexico

2.7 845,700 868,200 22,500

New York

2.3 9,477,500 9,696,200 218,700

North Carolina

2.4 4,786,500 4,901,500 115,000

North Dakota

2.1 425,500 434,600 9,100

Ohio

1.5 5,529,200 5,614,600 85,400

Oklahoma

2.0 1,693,900 1,727,900 34,000

Oregon

2.7 1,940,200 1,992,400 52,200

Pennsylvania

2.5 5,971,000 6,122,500 151,500

Rhode Island

-0.4 496,400 494,300 -2,100

South Carolina

2.8 2,237,400 2,300,600 63,200

South Dakota

2.2 450,700 460,400 9,700

Tennessee

2.3 3,237,100 3,312,100 75,000

Texas

4.0 13,388,900 13,918,700 529,800

Utah

3.1 1,676,400 1,728,800 52,400

Vermont

1.5 303,700 308,200 4,500

Virginia

2.3 4,055,400 4,146,900 91,500

Washington

3.1 3,517,300 3,626,500 109,200

West Virginia

0.3 697,000 699,200 2,200

Wisconsin

1.4 2,954,300 2,995,500 41,200

Wyoming

2.5 282,700 289,700 7,000

An additional five states had percentage increases in employment of at least 3.0 percent: Delaware (3.3 percent), Hawaii (3.2 percent), and Idaho, Utah, and Washington (3.1 percent each).

From April 2023 to May 2023, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 5 states and was essentially unchanged in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

States with statistically significant employment changes from April 2023 to May 2023
State Change April 2023 employment May 2023 employment Percent change

Texas

51,000 13,867,700 13,918,700 0.4

California

47,300 18,040,900 18,088,200 0.3

New York

30,400 9,665,800 9,696,200 0.3

Michigan

14,500 4,425,600 4,440,100 0.3

Utah

8,500 1,720,300 1,728,800 0.5

The largest over-the-month percentage increase occurred in Utah (0.5 percent), followed by Texas (0.4 percent) and California, Michigan, and New York (0.3 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 — May 2023." For more charts and maps 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, Texas had largest percentage increase in employment from May 2022 to May 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/texas-had-largest-percentage-increase-in-employment-from-may-2022-to-may-2023.htm (visited June 19, 2024).

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