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

November 26, 2013

From October 2012 to October 2013, nonfarm employment increased in 49 states and decreased in Alaska and the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (+3.5 percent), followed by Florida (+2.5 percent) and Idaho and Texas (+2.4 percent each).

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

Percentage change in nonfarm payroll employment by state, seasonally adjusted, October 2012–October 2013
StatePercent change in nonfarm employment from October 2012 to October 2013 (p)Statistical significance

Alabama

0.0Not statistically significant change

Alaska

-0.9Not statistically significant change

Arizona

1.8Statistically significant, increase

Arkansas

0.8Not statistically significant change

California

1.4Statistically significant, increase

Colorado

2.0Statistically significant, increase

Connecticut

0.6Not statistically significant change

Delaware

2.1Statistically significant, increase

District of Columbia

-0.1Not statistically significant change

Florida

2.5Statistically significant, increase

Georgia

2.2Statistically significant, increase

Hawaii

1.1Not statistically significant change

Idaho

2.4Statistically significant, increase

Illinois

1.0Statistically significant, increase

Indiana

1.5Statistically significant, increase

Iowa

0.5Not statistically significant change

Kansas

1.3Statistically significant, increase

Kentucky

0.1Not statistically significant change

Louisiana

1.6Statistically significant, increase

Maine

0.6Not statistically significant change

Maryland

0.8Not statistically significant change

Massachusetts

1.6Statistically significant, increase

Michigan

1.8Statistically significant, increase

Minnesota

1.8Statistically significant, increase

Mississippi

1.7Statistically significant, increase

Missouri

1.2Statistically significant, increase

Montana

0.7Not statistically significant change

Nebraska

1.2Statistically significant, increase

Nevada

1.8Statistically significant, increase

New Hampshire

0.7Not statistically significant change

New Jersey

1.4Statistically significant, increase

New Mexico

0.2Not statistically significant change

New York

1.1Statistically significant, increase

North Carolina

2.0Statistically significant, increase

North Dakota

3.5Statistically significant, increase

Ohio

0.5Not statistically significant change

Oklahoma

0.9Not statistically significant change

Oregon

1.8Statistically significant, increase

Pennsylvania

0.5Not statistically significant change

Rhode Island

1.2Not statistically significant change

South Carolina

1.8Statistically significant, increase

South Dakota

1.1Not statistically significant change

Tennessee

1.2Statistically significant, increase

Texas

2.4Statistically significant, increase

Utah

2.2Statistically significant, increase

Vermont

0.9Not statistically significant change

Virginia

0.7Not statistically significant change

Washington

1.6Statistically significant, increase

West Virginia

1.1Not statistically significant change

Wisconsin

1.5Statistically significant, increase

Wyoming

0.8Not statistically significant change

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary.
 

Washington, 1.6%Oregon, 1.8%California, 1.4%Idaho, 2.4%Nevada, 1.8%Montana, 0.7%Wyoming, 0.8%Utah, 2.2%Arizona, 1.8%Colorado, 2.0%New Mexico, 0.2%North Dakota, 3.5%South Dakota, 1.1%Nebraska, 1.2%Kansas, 1.3%Oklahoma, 0.9%Texas, 2.4%Louisiana, 1.6%Arkansas, 0.8%Missouri, 1.2%Iowa, 0.5%Minnesota, 1.8%Alaska, -0.9%Hawaii, 1.1%Kentucky, 0.1%Tennessee, 1.2%Mississippi, 1.7%Alabama, 0.0%Florida, 2.5%Georgia, 2.2%South Carolina, 1.8%North Carolina, 2.0%Virginia, 0.7%District of Columbia, -0.1%West Virginia, 1.1%Maryland, 0.8%Delaware, 2.1%Wisconsin, 1.5%Illinois, 1.0%Michigan, 1.8%Indiana, 1.5%Ohio, 0.5%Pennsylvania, 0.5%New Jersey, 1.4%New York, 1.1%Connecticut, 0.6%Rhode Island, 1.2%Massachusetts, 1.6%Vermont, 0.9%New Hampshire, 0.7%Maine, 0.6%

Over the year ended October, 29 states had statistically significant changes in employment, all of which were positive. Among those states, the largest job increase occurred in Texas (+267,400, or +2.4 percent), followed by California (+207,300, or +1.4 percent) and Florida (+182,200, or +2.5 percent).

In October 2013, 18 states had statistically significant over-the-month changes in employment, 15 of which were increases. The largest statistically significant job gains occurred in Florida (+44,600), California (+39,800), and North Carolina (+22,200). The three statistically significant job decreases occurred in Kentucky (‑12,600), Washington (‑8,100), and South Dakota (‑2,600).

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 — October 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-2197.

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, October 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20131126.htm (visited August 27, 2014).

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