North Dakota has largest percentage increase in employment from 2003 to 2013

April 24, 2014

From 2003 to 2013, annual average nonfarm payroll employment increased in 43 states and the District of Columbia, and decreased in 7 states. The largest percentage increases in employment occurred in North Dakota (+33.6 percent), followed by Utah (+20.1 percent), Texas (+19.5 percent), and Wyoming (+16.2 percent).

Percentage change in annual average nonfarm employment, by state, 2003-2013

Percentage change in annual average nonfarm employment, by state, 2003–2013
State2003 employment2013 employmentPercent change

Alabama

1,875,6001,903,4001.5

Alaska

298,200335,80012.6

Arizona

2,299,2002,515,2009.4

Arkansas

1,145,1001,177,4002.8

California

14,557,80015,147,4004.1

Colorado

2,152,8002,381,10010.6

Connecticut

1,644,5001,654,7000.6

Delaware

415,700427,4002.8

District of Columbia

665,500745,20012.0

Florida

7,232,6007,579,2004.8

Georgia

3,870,3004,033,4004.2

Hawaii

567,600617,6008.8

Idaho

572,000638,30011.6

Illinois

5,810,8005,796,900-0.2

Indiana

2,902,2002,933,3001.1

Iowa

1,440,4001,529,6006.2

Kansas

1,313,2001,372,9004.5

Kentucky

1,783,3001,835,0002.9

Louisiana

1,905,5001,951,0002.4

Maine

606,800601,700-0.8

Maryland

2,486,5002,596,1004.4

Massachusetts

3,209,2003,356,0004.6

Michigan

4,415,9004,104,500-7.1

Minnesota

2,660,3002,777,2004.4

Mississippi

1,116,4001,111,900-0.4

Missouri

2,681,7002,729,8001.8

Montana

400,300448,80012.1

Nebraska

913,700978,3007.1

Nevada

1,088,3001,175,7008.0

New Hampshire

617,700640,1003.6

New Jersey

3,977,1003,934,800-1.1

New Mexico

775,600811,3004.6

New York

8,399,4008,908,5006.1

North Carolina

3,786,9004,056,9007.1

North Dakota

332,600444,30033.6

Ohio

5,397,7005,252,400-2.7

Oklahoma

1,471,0001,633,10011.0

Oregon

1,574,1001,673,7006.3

Pennsylvania

5,614,0005,742,5002.3

Rhode Island

484,300470,800-2.8

South Carolina

1,804,2001,896,6005.1

South Dakota

378,400417,10010.2

Tennessee

2,662,7002,749,7003.3

Texas

9,366,90011,190,20019.5

Utah

1,074,1001,289,90020.1

Vermont

299,200306,0002.3

Virginia

3,504,0003,763,9007.4

Washington

2,700,5002,987,00010.6

West Virginia

726,900763,1005.0

Wisconsin

2,773,8002,818,1001.6

Wyoming

250,000290,50016.2
Washington, 10.6%Oregon, 6.3%California, 4.1%Idaho, 11.6%Nevada, 8.0%Montana, 12.1%Wyoming, 16.2%Utah, 20.1%Arizona, 9.4%Colorado, 10.6%New Mexico, 4.6%North Dakota, 33.6%South Dakota, 10.2%Nebraska, 7.1%Kansas, 4.5%Oklahoma, 11.0%Texas, 19.5%Louisiana, 2.4%Arkansas, 2.8%Missouri, 1.8%Iowa, 6.2%Minnesota, 4.4%Alaska, 12.6%Hawaii, 8.8%Kentucky, 2.9%Tennessee, 3.3%Mississippi, -0.4%Alabama, 1.5%Florida, 4.8%Georgia, 4.2%South Carolina, 5.1%North Carolina, 7.1%Virginia, 7.4%District of Columbia, 12.0%West Virginia, 5.0%Maryland, 4.4%Delaware, 2.8%Wisconsin, 1.6%Illinois, -0.2%Michigan, -7.1%Indiana, 1.1%Ohio, -2.7%Pennsylvania, 2.3%New Jersey, -1.1%New York, 6.1%Connecticut, 0.6%Rhode Island, -2.8%Massachusetts, 4.6%Vermont, 2.3%New Hampshire, 3.6%Maine, -0.8%

The largest percentage decreases in payroll employment from 2003 to 2013 were recorded by Michigan (−7.1 percent), Rhode Island (−2.8 percent), and Ohio (−2.7 percent).

From March 2013 to March 2014, nonfarm employment increased in 45 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 5 states. The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (+4.5 percent), followed by Nevada (+3.8 percent) and Florida (+3.0 percent). The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Alaska, Kentucky, and New Mexico (-0.2 percent each).

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 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-14-0606.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, North Dakota has largest percentage increase in employment from 2003 to 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140424.htm (visited October 22, 2014).

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