Texas has largest over-the-year employment increase; Nevada has largest unemployment rate decrease

January 22, 2013

Over the year, 30 states experienced statistically significant changes in employment. The largest over-the-year jobs increase occurred in Texas, where employment increased from 10,643,200 to 10,904,000 from December 2011 to December 2012 (a change of +260,800), followed by California (+225,900) and New York (+123,600). Only West Virginia’s employment decreased (-13,900).

 

Statistically significant employment changes from December 2011 to December 2012, selected states, seasonally adjusted
StateEmploymentOver-the-year change(p)
Dec 2011Dec 2012(p)

Texas

10,643,20010,904,000260,800

California

14,172,90014,398,800225,900

New York

8,717,0008,840,600123,600

Ohio

5,094,3005,185,00090,700

Georgia

3,897,0003,971,10074,100

North Carolina

3,932,2004,004,60072,400

Arizona

2,415,0002,479,30064,300

Indiana

2,849,6002,906,80057,200

Florida

7,333,2007,388,10054,900

Minnesota

2,683,3002,735,20051,900

Washington

2,834,0002,885,70051,700

Massachusetts

3,211,8003,263,40051,600

Colorado

2,265,3002,316,60051,300

New Jersey

3,874,6003,922,60048,000

Illinois

5,676,0005,717,90041,900

Missouri

2,632,5002,672,70040,200

Pennsylvania

5,712,8005,751,50038,700

South Carolina

1,840,4001,879,10038,700

Utah

1,223,0001,260,10037,100

Tennessee

2,673,5002,709,90036,400

Footnotes:
(p) Preliminary.
 

From December 2011 to December 2012, 19 states and the District of Columbia reported statistically significant unemployment rate changes, all of which were declines. The largest of these occurred in Nevada, where the unemployment rate decreased from 13.0 percent to 10.2 percent over the year (a change of -2.8 percentage points), followed by Florida (-1.9 points) and Mississippi (-1.8 points). 

States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes from December 2011 to December 2012, seasonally adjusted
StateUnemployment rateOver-the-year change(p)
Dec 2011Dec 2012(p)

Nevada

13.010.2-2.8

Florida

9.98.0-1.9

Mississippi

10.48.6-1.8

Idaho

8.36.6-1.7

District of Columbia

10.18.5-1.6

Louisiana

7.05.5-1.5

California

11.29.8-1.4

Hawaii

6.65.2-1.4

Missouri

8.06.7-1.3

Texas

7.46.1-1.3

North Carolina

10.49.2-1.2

Ohio

7.96.7-1.2

Oklahoma

6.35.1-1.2

South Carolina

9.68.4-1.2

Illinois

9.78.7-1.0

Kansas

6.45.4-1.0

Washington

8.67.6-1.0

Montana

6.65.7-0.9

Georgia

9.48.6-0.8

Iowa

5.64.9-0.7

Footnotes:
(p) Preliminary.
 

Nevada and Rhode Island, each with an unemployment rate of 10.2 percent, recorded the highest unemployment rates among the states in December 2012. North Dakota again registered the lowest jobless rate, 3.2 percent.  The unemployment rates in Rhode Island and North Dakota did not change significantly over the year.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) and Local Area Unemployment Statistics programs. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — December 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-0059.

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