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21 states added jobs from February 2019 to February 2020

March 31, 2020

From February 2019 to February 2020, 21 states had statistically significant increases in nonfarm payroll employment. The largest percentage gains occurred in Utah (2.9 percent), Washington (2.8 percent), and Arizona (2.7 percent). Employment decreased significantly in West Virginia (−11,000, or −1.5 percent).

Change in nonfarm employment by state, February 2019 to February 2020, seasonally adjusted
State Percent change February 2019 employment February 2020 employment Net change

Alabama

0.9% 2,066,900 2,085,300 18,400

Alaska

0.4 329,400 330,700 1,300

Arizona

2.7 2,910,400 2,987,800 77,400

Arkansas

-0.1 1,279,200 1,278,500 -700

California

1.6 17,343,500 17,612,500 269,000

Colorado

1.8 2,766,800 2,816,900 50,100

Connecticut

0.8 1,687,500 1,700,800 13,300

Delaware

1.2 464,900 470,600 5,700

District of Columbia

0.9 796,000 803,200 7,200

Florida

1.9 8,906,100 9,075,900 169,800

Georgia

1.1 4,601,500 4,650,300 48,800

Hawaii

0.0 658,900 659,000 100

Idaho

2.6 752,400 771,900 19,500

Illinois

0.3 6,114,700 6,133,000 18,300

Indiana

0.1 3,178,500 3,181,300 2,800

Iowa

-0.1 1,585,200 1,583,800 -1,400

Kansas

1.0 1,420,000 1,434,700 14,700

Kentucky

0.7 1,936,700 1,949,600 12,900

Louisiana

-0.1 1,996,600 1,994,600 -2,000

Maine

0.4 635,800 638,300 2,500

Maryland

1.2 2,768,100 2,800,700 32,600

Massachusetts

0.9 3,686,600 3,720,400 33,800

Michigan

0.7 4,431,500 4,463,500 32,000

Minnesota

0.2 2,973,600 2,979,600 6,000

Mississippi

0.5 1,158,500 1,164,100 5,600

Missouri

0.6 2,898,500 2,916,800 18,300

Montana

1.5 481,800 489,200 7,400

Nebraska

1.3 1,025,800 1,038,700 12,900

Nevada

1.3 1,410,300 1,428,600 18,300

New Hampshire

0.9 684,900 690,800 5,900

New Jersey

1.4 4,185,200 4,243,900 58,700

New Mexico

1.5 852,900 865,600 12,700

New York

0.9 9,766,400 9,850,700 84,300

North Carolina

1.3 4,556,000 4,614,600 58,600

North Dakota

0.9 438,000 441,900 3,900

Ohio

0.2 5,591,500 5,604,600 13,100

Oklahoma

0.0 1,703,600 1,702,800 -800

Oregon

1.4 1,930,200 1,956,800 26,600

Pennsylvania

1.1 6,047,600 6,112,200 64,600

Rhode Island

0.9 503,900 508,500 4,600

South Carolina

2.1 2,173,200 2,218,300 45,100

South Dakota

0.9 440,000 444,100 4,100

Tennessee

1.6 3,106,800 3,157,800 51,000

Texas

2.5 12,709,800 13,024,300 314,500

Utah

2.9 1,544,000 1,589,200 45,200

Vermont

-0.7 317,000 314,700 -2,300

Virginia

1.6 4,043,400 4,106,800 63,400

Washington

2.8 3,423,600 3,520,400 96,800

West Virginia

-1.5 723,400 712,400 -11,000

Wisconsin

0.6 2,980,400 2,998,200 17,800

Wyoming

-0.8 290,400 288,200 -2,200

The largest job gains over the 12-months ending February 2020 occurred in Texas (314,500), California (269,000), and Florida (169,800).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “State Employment and Unemployment — February 2020.” For more charts and tables related to state employment and unemployment, see the state chart package.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 21 states added jobs from February 2019 to February 2020 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/21-states-added-jobs-from-february-2019-to-february-2020.htm (visited June 05, 2020).

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