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Twenty-seven states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm employment in September 2019

October 22, 2019

Twenty-seven states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in September. The largest percentage gains occurred in Nevada (+3.2 percent), Idaho (+3.1 percent), and Utah (+3.0 percent) all of which were statistically significant.

Percent change in employment, by industry, in states with statistically significant total employment changes from September 2018 to September 2019
State Total, all industries Construction Manufacturing Trade, transportation, and utilities Information Financial activities Professional and business services Education and health services Leisure and hospitality Government

Alabama

2.2 4.8 1.2 1.2 0.9 1.5 4.0 2.6 4.9 0.4

Arizona

2.3 10.2 5.1 1.3 0.0 1.1 1.5 4.2 1.5 -0.2

Arkansas

1.3 6.1 1.2 1.0 -0.9 3.4 -0.8 1.4 4.1 0.7

California

1.9 3.5 1.0 0.1 2.5 0.6 3.1 3.0 2.3 1.6

Colorado

2.1 -0.6 1.8 0.5 -1.7 -1.0 6.7 1.9 3.0 1.6

Delaware

1.8 4.0 1.8 -1.3 0 [1] 2.1 -1.2 3.9 5.1 3.3

Florida

2.5 2.9 2.1 1.1 -1.5 3.3 3.6 4.5 2.5 0.9

Georgia

1.7 4.9 0.7 0.6 -1.6 0.6 2.1 3.5 3.2 1.2

Idaho

3.1 2.4 4.2 1.3 -9.0 5.7 8.2 4.6 -0.9 2.6

Illinois

1.1 0.0 0.6 1.5 -3.5 1.0 0.4 1.6 2.7 0.8

Kansas

1.5 0.5 1.0 -0.1 -1.1 0.4 2.9 0.2 5.3 1.8

Kentucky

1.4 0.4 2.6 1.7 -0.9 2.5 -0.7 4.0 1.1 -0.7

Massachusetts

1.0 -0.8 -0.3 0.4 3.1 0.9 1.3 2.3 -0.4 0.7

Mississippi

1.5 -0.7 1.2 2.3 0.9 3.1 -0.4 0.9 4.4 0.8

Missouri

1.1 0.1 1.3 -0.4 0.0 1.6 1.1 2.6 3.1 0.4

Nevada

3.2 12.3 6.3 1.2 2.0 5.8 4.4 1.3 2.0 3.2

New Jersey

1.1 6.1 2.2 0.0 -5.5 -1.8 0.3 1.7 3.8 0.2

New Mexico

2.2 8.7 2.2 -1.1 -3.4 1.7 1.3 1.9 7.9 1.1

New York

1.1 2.0 -1.3 1.4 1.2 -1.0 0.9 2.4 1.4 0.7

North Carolina

2.3 -0.5 -1.8 3.9 2.3 3.4 2.6 2.7 5.8 0.4

Oregon

1.6 3.1 3.6 0.4 -0.6 -0.4 2.2 3.5 1.7 0.0

South Carolina

2.0 0.3 3.5 1.9 -2.5 -0.1 1.0 1.1 6.2 1.4

South Dakota

1.8 3.9 3.3 3.5 1.8 -0.7 2.1 1.5 0.4 0.4

Tennessee

1.6 -1.0 1.8 0.9 4.2 2.9 2.0 0.8 4.3 1.0

Texas

2.4 7.0 3.0 1.2 -1.8 3.6 2.2 2.9 3.9 0.5

Utah

3.0 4.1 4.3 1.2 4.9 3.3 3.6 4.5 4.3 1.7

Washington

2.7 4.1 3.7 1.5 5.4 4.9 2.4 4.7 3.2 0.0

[1] Delaware data for the Information industry is not seasonally adjusted.

Among the states with statistically significant employment changes, Nevada had the largest over-the-year employment increases in construction (+12.3 percent), manufacturing (+6.3 percent), and financial activities (+5.8 percent) industries. North Carolina had the largest increase in trade, transportation, and utilities (+3.9 percent) industry. Idaho saw the largest increase in professional and business services (+8.2 percent) and the largest decrease in information (–9.0 percent). Washington had the largest increase in employment in education and health services (+4.7 percent) and information (+5.4 percent). New Mexico increased 7.9 percent in leisure and hospitality, while Delaware had the largest increase in government (+3.3 percent).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. See "State Employment and Unemployment — September 2019" to learn more. Also see charts and maps of state employment and unemployment.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Twenty-seven states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm employment in September 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/twenty-seven-states-had-over-the-year-increases-in-nonfarm-employment-in-september-2019.htm (visited November 22, 2019).

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