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Twenty-two states had over-the-year employment increases in March 2019

April 25, 2019

From March 2018 to March 2019, 22 states had statistically significant changes in nonfarm payroll employment, all of which were increases. The largest percentage increase occurred in Nevada (+3.4 percent), followed by Utah (+3.0 percent), and Idaho and West Virginia (+2.7 percent each). Florida, Washington, Arizona, Texas, and South Dakota also had over-the-year employment increases of at least 2.0 percent.

Percent change in employment, by industry, in states with statistically significant total employment changes from March 2018 to March 2019
State Total, all industries (1) Construction Manufacturing Trade, transportation, and utilities Financial activities Education and health services Leisure and hospitality Government

Nevada

3.4% 14.2% 10.2% 1.9% 4.9% 2.7% 1.1% 1.6%

Utah

3.0 2.9 3.7 2.8 3.7 2.9 5.1 1.9

Idaho

2.7 4.2 2.6 2.0 3.3 1.8 1.9 1.4

West Virginia

2.7 44.6 2.3 0.2 1.0 0.6 0.0 0.2

Florida

2.4 4.5 3.2 1.5 3.2 3.1 2.4 0.1

Washington

2.4 6.4 3.5 1.6 2.8 3.9 3.6 -1.2

Arizona

2.3 10.8 3.3 1.5 0.3 3.9 0.8 0.5

Texas

2.2 3.9 3.5 1.5 2.1 2.3 3.3 0.4

South Dakota

2.0 1.8 5.2 1.4 -1.4 1.8 0.8 1.0

Georgia

1.9 6.3 0.7 2.0 1.2 3.0 3.4 0.3

Colorado

1.7 1.3 1.2 1.4 -2.3 2.0 1.6 0.7

Oregon

1.7 4.2 2.8 1.2 0.4 2.1 2.0 1.4

Alabama

1.6 6.0 2.0 0.7 1.3 1.1 3.4 0.1

Tennessee

1.6 2.9 2.2 1.1 3.1 0.5 4.6 1.1

California

1.4 2.9 1.0 0.1 -0.5 2.4 1.7 1.0

North Carolina

1.4 2.2 0.2 1.6 1.7 1.6 3.5 -0.2

South Carolina

1.4 -4.2 3.7 2.0 -0.1 2.8 2.4 1.3

Indiana

1.3 5.2 0.6 0.7 -0.3 3.5 0.2 0.7

New Jersey

1.1 2.7 1.4 0.0 -2.2 2.2 4.2 0.5

New York

1.1 3.6 0.3 0.3 -0.7 3.2 0.8 0.3

Illinois

0.8 -2.1 1.5 0.7 0.9 1.5 1.2 0.1

Pennsylvania

0.8 2.9 -0.3 0.0 1.4 2.1 1.7 0.0
Footnotes:

(1) Total includes mining and logging, information, and other services (except public administration), not shown separately.

Data are preliminary.

There were increases in construction employment of at least 2.0 percent over this period in 18 of these 22 states. Construction employment increased 44.6 percent in West Virginia, 14.2 percent in Nevada, 10.8 percent in Arizona.

Employment in education and health services increased by at least 2.0 percent from March 2018 to March 2019 in 15 of these 22 states. Employment in this industry increased 3.9 percent in Arizona and Washington, and 3.5 percent in Indiana.

Trade, transportation, and utilities employment increased by 2.8 percent in Utah, and 2.0 percent in Georgia, Idaho, and South Carolina. Over-the-year changes in trade, transportation, and utilities employment were less than 1.0 percent in 8 of these states.

Government employment increased 1.9 percent in Utah and 1.6 percent in Nevada. Changes in government employment ranged from 1.4 percent to −1.2 percent in the other 20 states.

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 — March 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-two states had over-the-year employment increases in March 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/twenty-two-states-had-over-the-year-employment-increases-in-march-2019.htm (visited November 11, 2019).

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