Thirty-five states had statistically significant increases in employment over the 12 months ending in February 2016. The largest significant over-the-year job increase occurred in California (+451,600), followed by Florida (+243,200) and Texas (+170,900). Three states had statistically significant decreases in employment over the February 2015–February 2016 period: North Dakota (–22,700), West Virginia (–11,700), and Wyoming (–8,800).
The largest percentage increases in employment for the year ending February 2016 occurred in Idaho (+4.0 percent), Utah (+3.3 percent), and Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington (+3.1 percent each). The largest percentage decreases occurred in North Dakota (–4.9 percent), Wyoming (–3.0 percent) and West Virginia (–1.5 percent).
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 — February 2016” (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Thirty-five states had statistically significant employment increases for year ending February 2016 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/thirty-five-states-had-statistically-significant-employment-increases-for-year-ending-february-2016.htm (visited November 28, 2022).