North Dakota has largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among states, March 2013

April 23, 2013

From March 2012 to March 2013, nonfarm employment increased in 49 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 1 state. The largest over-the-year percentage increases occurred in North Dakota (+4.4 percent) and Utah (+4.2 percent). The only over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Pennsylvania (−0.1 percent).

Percentage change in nonfarm employment by state, seasonally adjusted, March 2012-March 2013

Percent change in nonfarm employment by state, seasonally adjusted, March 2012–March 2013
StatePercent change (p)

Alabama

0.3

Alaska

0.3

Arizona

1.8

Arkansas

0.4

California

2.0

Colorado

2.6

Connecticut

0.1

Delaware

1.2

District of Columbia

0.2

Florida

1.9

Georgia

1.9

Hawaii

1.6

Idaho

2.4

Illinois

0.6

Indiana

1.0

Iowa

0.7

Kansas

0.7

Kentucky

0.7

Louisiana

1.3

Maine

0.1

Maryland

1.5

Massachusetts

1.2

Michigan

0.8

Minnesota

1.7

Mississippi

1.3

Missouri

0.3

Montana

1.8

Nebraska

0.5

Nevada

1.7

New Hampshire

1.1

New Jersey

1.4

New Mexico

0.3

New York

1.0

North Carolina

1.9

North Dakota

4.4

Ohio

0.1

Oklahoma

1.2

Oregon

1.4

Pennsylvania

-0.1

Rhode Island

0.2

South Carolina

1.2

South Dakota

1.6

Tennessee

1.7

Texas

3.1

Utah

4.2

Vermont

0.8

Virginia

0.8

Washington

1.9

West Virginia

0.1

Wisconsin

0.5

Wyoming

0.1

Footnotes:
(p) Preliminary.
 

Washington, 1.9%Oregon, 1.4%California, 2.0%Idaho, 2.4%Nevada, 1.7%Montana, 1.8%Wyoming, 0.1%Utah, 4.2%Arizona, 1.8%Colorado, 2.6%New Mexico, 0.3%North Dakota, 4.4%South Dakota, 1.6%Nebraska, 0.5%Kansas, 0.7%Oklahoma, 1.2%Texas, 3.1%Louisiana, 1.3%Arkansas, 0.4%Missouri, 0.3%Iowa, 0.7%Minnesota, 1.7%Alaska, 0.3%Hawaii, 1.6%Kentucky, 0.7%Tennessee, 1.7%Mississippi, 1.3%Alabama, 0.3%Florida, 1.9%Georgia, 1.9%South Carolina, 1.2%North Carolina, 1.9%Virginia, 0.8%District of Columbia, 0.2%West Virginia, 0.1%Maryland, 1.5%Delaware, 1.2%Wisconsin, 0.5%Illinois, 0.6%Michigan, 0.8%Indiana, 1.0%Ohio, 0.1%Pennsylvania, -0.1%New Jersey, 1.4%New York, 1.0%Connecticut, 0.1%Rhode Island, 0.2%Massachusetts, 1.2%Vermont, 0.8%New Hampshire, 1.1%Maine, 0.1%

Over the year, 29 states had statistically significant changes in employment, all of which were positive. Among those states, the largest over-the-year job increase occurred in Texas (+329,500, or +3.1 percent), followed by California (+285,900, or +2.0 percent) and Florida (+141,300, or +1.9 percent).

In March 2013, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 23 states, decreased in 26 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged in New Mexico.  Over the month, 11 states recorded statistically significant over-the-month changes in employment, 4 of which were increases. The largest statistically significant job gains occurred in Florida (+32,700), California (+25,500), and Georgia (+13,600). The largest statistically significant job decreases occurred in Ohio (−20,400), Illinois (−17,800), and Indiana (−12,400).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — March 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-0672.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, North Dakota has largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among states, March 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130423.htm (visited July 30, 2014).

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