Twenty-eight states had significant employment increases for year ending January 2017

March 16, 2017

Twenty-eight states had statistically significant over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in January 2017. The largest job gains occurred in California (+330,400), Florida (+277,900), and Texas (+225,300). Two states had significant over-the-year declines in employment: Wyoming (–9,100) and Alaska (–9,000).

Change in total nonfarm employment by state, seasonally adjusted, January 2016–January 2017
State January 2016 employment January 2017 employment(p) Over-the-year change(p) Over-the-year percentage change(p) Statistically significant?

Alabama

1,966,900 1,995,300 28,400 1.4% Yes

Alaska

336,300 327,300 -9,000 -2.7 Yes

Arizona

2,672,900 2,727,600 54,700 2.0 Yes

Arkansas

1,221,700 1,233,000 11,300 0.9 No

California

16,317,200 16,647,600 330,400 2.0 Yes

Colorado

2,576,000 2,626,200 50,200 1.9 Yes

Connecticut

1,677,800 1,683,200 5,400 0.3 No

Delaware

451,400 456,700 5,300 1.2 No

District of Columbia

777,900 788,000 10,100 1.3 No

Florida

8,268,800 8,546,700 277,900 3.4 Yes

Georgia

4,327,500 4,442,200 114,700 2.7 Yes

Hawaii

642,600 649,900 7,300 1.1 No

Idaho

685,300 712,800 27,500 4.0 Yes

Illinois

6,007,100 6,023,000 15,900 0.3 No

Indiana

3,066,300 3,102,700 36,400 1.2 Yes

Iowa

1,568,300 1,581,700 13,400 0.9 No

Kansas

1,409,400 1,407,000 -2,400 -0.2 No

Kentucky

1,904,300 1,934,900 30,600 1.6 Yes

Louisiana

1,982,500 1,975,000 -7,500 -0.4 No

Maine

615,700 622,000 6,300 1.0 No

Maryland

2,697,500 2,737,500 40,000 1.5 Yes

Massachusetts

3,534,300 3,599,400 65,100 1.8 Yes

Michigan

4,289,900 4,383,600 93,700 2.2 Yes

Minnesota

2,880,800 2,913,100 32,300 1.1 Yes

Mississippi

1,145,500 1,145,500 0 0.0 No

Missouri

2,823,800 2,876,400 52,600 1.9 Yes

Montana

465,400 474,400 9,000 1.9 Yes

Nebraska

1,010,500 1,019,500 9,000 0.9 No

Nevada

1,277,900 1,322,300 44,400 3.5 Yes

New Hampshire

663,900 680,400 16,500 2.5 Yes

New Jersey

4,046,600 4,116,300 69,700 1.7 Yes

New Mexico

828,500 833,700 5,200 0.6 No

New York

9,347,200 9,487,000 139,800 1.5 Yes

North Carolina

4,296,900 4,376,100 79,200 1.8 Yes

North Dakota

438,300 435,100 -3,200 -0.7 No

Ohio

5,470,500 5,501,600 31,100 0.6 No

Oklahoma

1,661,700 1,651,700 -10,000 -0.6 No

Oregon

1,811,900 1,855,200 43,300 2.4 Yes

Pennsylvania

5,861,300 5,931,600 70,300 1.2 Yes

Rhode Island

488,100 492,700 4,600 0.9 No

South Carolina

2,035,500 2,076,000 40,500 2.0 Yes

South Dakota

430,400 435,300 4,900 1.1 No

Tennessee

2,936,500 2,995,300 58,800 2.0 Yes

Texas

11,963,800 12,189,100 225,300 1.9 Yes

Utah

1,405,600 1,452,000 46,400 3.3 Yes

Vermont

312,300 315,200 2,900 0.9 No

Virginia

3,894,200 3,950,500 56,300 1.4 Yes

Washington

3,193,900 3,284,300 90,400 2.8 Yes

West Virginia

751,700 747,200 -4,500 -0.6 No

Wisconsin

2,918,400 2,934,500 16,100 0.6 No

Wyoming

287,100 278,000 -9,100 -3.2 Yes
Footnotes:

(p) Prelminary.

The largest over-the-year percentage gains occurred in Idaho (+4.0 percent), Nevada (+3.5 percent), and Florida (+3.4 percent). The percentage declines in Wyoming and Alaska were –3.2 percent and –2.7 percent, respectively.

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 “State Employment and Unemployment — January 2017” (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Twenty-eight states had significant employment increases for year ending January 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/twenty-eight-states-had-significant-employment-increases-for-year-ending-january-2017.htm (visited December 10, 2017).

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