Nonfatal work-related injury and illness rates declined in six states in 2016

November 30, 2017

The 2.9 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses suffered by private industry workers on the job in 2016 occurred at a rate of 2.9 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers nationally. Workers in 21 states experienced rates higher than the national average. Rates ranged from 1.5 cases per 100 workers in the District of Columbia to 4.7 cases in Maine.

 

 

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time equivalent workers in private industry, 2016
State 2016 rate 2015 rate 2015–16 change
statistically significant?
Difference from 2016 national rate
statistically significant?

Alabama

2.7 3.0 Yes Less than national rate

Alaska

3.6 3.9 No Greater than national rate

Arizona

2.9 2.9 No Not statistically different from national rate

Arkansas

2.4 2.6 No Less than national rate

California

3.3 3.3 No Greater than national rate

Connecticut

3.3 3.2 No Greater than national rate

Delaware

2.6 2.6 No Less than national rate

District of Columbia

1.5 1.6 No Less than national rate

Georgia

2.7 2.7 No Not statistically different from national rate

Hawaii

3.5 3.4 No Greater than national rate

Illinois

2.7 2.9 No Less than national rate

Indiana

3.4 3.7 Yes Greater than national rate

Iowa

3.7 3.7 No Greater than national rate

Kansas

3.3 3.0 Yes Greater than national rate

Kentucky

3.2 3.5 Yes Greater than national rate

Louisiana

1.9 1.9 No Less than national rate

Maine

4.7 4.8 No Greater than national rate

Maryland

2.8 2.9 No Not statistically different from national rate

Massachusetts

2.6 2.7 No Less than national rate

Michigan

3.3 3.3 No Greater than national rate

Minnesota

3.3 3.5 No Greater than national rate

Missouri

2.8 3.0 Yes Not statistically different from national rate

Montana

4.2 4.3 No Greater than national rate

Nebraska

3.4 3.4 No Greater than national rate

Nevada

3.7 3.8 No Greater than national rate

New Jersey

2.6 2.7 No Less than national rate

New Mexico

3.2 3.1 No Not statistically different from national rate

New York

2.3 2.4 No Less than national rate

North Carolina

2.5 2.6 No Less than national rate

Ohio

2.7 2.8 No Less than national rate

Oregon

4.0 3.7 No Greater than national rate

Pennsylvania

3.3 3.5 No Greater than national rate

South Carolina

2.5 2.5 No Less than national rate

Tennessee

2.9 3.1 Yes Not statistically different from national rate

Texas

2.2 2.3 No Less than national rate

Utah

2.9 3.5 Yes Not statistically different from national rate

Vermont

4.6 4.6 No Greater than national rate

Virginia

2.5 2.4 No Less than national rate

Washington

4.3 4.4 No Greater than national rate

West Virginia

3.2 3.2 No Greater than national rate

Wisconsin

3.7 3.6 No Greater than national rate

Wyoming

3.4 3.3 No Greater than national rate

Note: Rates not available for states not participating in Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Data for establishments in nine states for which estimates are unavailable are collected by BLS regional offices and used only to tabulate national estimates.

Six states—Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and Utah—reported declines in their rate from a year earlier. Kansas was the only state in which the rate rose in 2016.

Differences in the industry composition in each state account for some of the differences in injury and illness incidence rates across states.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2016" (HTML) (PDF). More estimates are available from our State Occupational Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities page and from our Profiles application.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfatal work-related injury and illness rates declined in six states in 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/nonfatal-work-related-injury-and-illness-rates-declined-in-six-states-in-2016.htm (visited December 15, 2017).

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