State employment: January 2011 – January 2012
March 21, 2012
From January 2011 to January 2012, nonfarm employment increased in 44 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 6 states.
The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (+5.7 percent), followed by Texas and Utah (+2.5 percent each). The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Wisconsin (−0.5 percent), followed by Alaska, Mississippi, and Rhode Island (−0.3 percent each).
Over the year, 26 states experienced statistically significant changes in employment, all of which were increases. The largest increase occurred in Texas (+258,200), followed by New York (+139,300) and California (+126,100).
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 – January 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-0448.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, State employment: January 2011 – January 2012 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120321.htm (visited April 24, 2017).
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