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Nonfarm payroll employment up in 30 states from December 2022 to December 2023

February 01, 2024

From December 2022 to December 2023, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 30 states and was essentially unchanged in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The largest percentage increases occurred in Nevada, at 3.8 percent, followed by Idaho and South Dakota (+3.0 percent each).

Change in nonfarm employment by state, December 2022 to December 2023
State Percent change December 2022 employment December 2023 employment Change Statistically significant

Alabama

1.6 2,136,000 2,169,200 33,200 Yes

Alaska

1.4 325,200 329,900 4,700 No

Arizona

2.1 3,122,600 3,189,300 66,700 Yes

Arkansas

1.1 1,347,500 1,362,600 15,100 No

California

1.7 17,869,100 18,180,700 311,600 Yes

Colorado

0.8 2,889,900 2,914,000 24,100 No

Connecticut

1.4 1,673,100 1,695,800 22,700 No

Delaware

2.0 477,000 486,400 9,400 Yes

District of Columbia

1.3 770,200 780,200 10,000 No

Florida

2.5 9,620,100 9,860,700 240,600 Yes

Georgia

2.0 4,857,400 4,955,500 98,100 Yes

Hawaii

1.1 626,800 633,400 6,600 No

Idaho

3.0 837,400 862,400 25,000 Yes

Illinois

0.9 6,091,600 6,149,400 57,800 Yes

Indiana

1.9 3,222,700 3,284,700 62,000 Yes

Iowa

0.6 1,583,000 1,593,200 10,200 No

Kansas

0.8 1,443,500 1,454,900 11,400 No

Kentucky

2.4 1,975,600 2,022,300 46,700 Yes

Louisiana

1.9 1,936,600 1,973,900 37,300 Yes

Maine

1.5 646,900 656,400 9,500 No

Maryland

1.2 2,722,200 2,754,400 32,200 No

Massachusetts

1.9 3,723,900 3,793,700 69,800 Yes

Michigan

1.0 4,389,800 4,435,500 45,700 Yes

Minnesota

1.7 2,958,700 3,008,700 50,000 Yes

Mississippi

-0.7 1,174,300 1,166,500 -7,800 No

Missouri

1.6 2,957,000 3,005,100 48,100 Yes

Montana

1.6 515,600 523,800 8,200 No

Nebraska

1.0 1,039,100 1,049,500 10,400 No

Nevada

3.8 1,525,900 1,583,600 57,700 Yes

New Hampshire

1.7 694,000 705,500 11,500 No

New Jersey

1.6 4,297,400 4,367,000 69,600 Yes

New Mexico

2.4 854,900 875,800 20,900 Yes

New York

0.8 9,660,200 9,732,900 72,700 No

North Carolina

2.0 4,852,500 4,951,900 99,400 Yes

North Dakota

2.2 430,400 439,700 9,300 Yes

Ohio

1.9 5,554,700 5,661,100 106,400 Yes

Oklahoma

1.0 1,721,900 1,739,800 17,900 No

Oregon

1.0 1,980,100 2,000,600 20,500 No

Pennsylvania

1.8 6,071,000 6,182,700 111,700 Yes

Rhode Island

0.4 497,400 499,300 1,900 No

South Carolina

2.6 2,263,700 2,323,300 59,600 Yes

South Dakota

3.0 456,900 470,700 13,800 Yes

Tennessee

0.7 3,288,000 3,310,700 22,700 No

Texas

2.7 13,733,700 14,103,300 369,600 Yes

Utah

1.9 1,695,500 1,727,000 31,500 Yes

Vermont

0.5 304,600 306,000 1,400 No

Virginia

1.1 4,111,900 4,157,000 45,100 No

Washington

1.9 3,585,500 3,653,600 68,100 Yes

West Virginia

2.6 694,900 712,900 18,000 Yes

Wisconsin

1.4 2,983,800 3,026,500 42,700 Yes

Wyoming

2.8 288,400 296,500 8,100 Yes

Data are seasonally adjusted.

An additional five states had over-the-year percentage increases of at least 2.5 percent: Wyoming (+2.8 percent), Texas (+2.7 percent), South Carolina and West Virginia (+2.6 percent each), and Florida (+2.5 percent).

The largest job gains from December 2022 to December 2023 occurred in Texas (+369,600), California (+311,600), and Florida (+240,600).

From November 2023 to December 2023, nonfarm payroll employment was essentially unchanged in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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 — December 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, Nonfarm payroll employment up in 30 states from December 2022 to December 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2024/nonfarm-payroll-employment-up-in-30-states-from-december-2022-to-december-2023.htm (visited May 19, 2024).

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