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California had largest employment gain from May 2020 to May 2021

June 28, 2021

From May 2020 to May 2021, nonfarm payroll employment increased in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The largest job increases occurred in California (+1,220,200), New York (+882,500), and Texas (+804,200).

Change in nonfarm employment for states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, selected industries, May 2020 to May 2021

 Change in nonfarm employment for states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, selected industries, May 2020 to May 2021
State Total Construction Manufacturing Trade, transportation, and utilities Financial activities Professional and business services Education and health services Leisure and hospitality Government

Alabama

122,900 -1,800 23,800 17,600 -400 23,200 9,100 36,600 12,100

Alaska

21,300 1,500 700 3,900 200 600 2,500 7,000 4,400

Arizona

163,400 2,300 4,500 49,200 3,000 12,100 27,300 63,800 -8,100

Arkansas

70,200 1,300 10,300 11,100 1,100 12,700 7,900 20,200 3,100

California

1,220,200 55,200 28,900 321,900 10,100 163,600 161,100 420,400 -30,000

Colorado

188,600 -4,200 3,100 43,900 3,100 19,200 20,100 93,900 5,000

Connecticut

151,600 4,300 1,700 39,300 -900 10,100 22,900 51,000 10,600

Delaware

40,100 1,600 -400 11,400 -200 -300 4,100 19,200 2,000

District of Columbia

22,300 1,400 100 2,400 -900 2,000 3,700 10,600 4,700

Florida

566,800 16,500 11,100 114,600 23,700 94,600 58,400 234,800 -28,200

Georgia

295,800 4,200 19,500 61,000 1,900 57,200 39,600 83,800 -100

Hawaii

55,400 200 200 7,900 500 6,000 2,700 32,300 4,900

Idaho

63,900 3,100 2,000 13,600 4,200 1,600 7,200 22,700 8,200

Illinois

390,600 13,900 5,200 97,000 -1,700 52,500 40,500 137,400 16,600

Indiana

246,000 11,200 61,700 32,500 2,600 23,400 17,500 68,700 11,200

Iowa

97,200 -500 8,400 14,400 1,000 5,500 12,600 35,500 15,200

Kansas

68,300 1,200 5,500 17,700 -1,400 8,800 5,700 23,500 3,500

Kentucky

173,200 4,400 34,900 29,500 4,300 21,500 19,800 47,800 2,100

Louisiana

96,400 2,500 -4,600 18,900 100 12,400 11,100 46,400 800

Maine

52,800 700 3,300 12,500 0 4,100 5,500 19,500 3,300

Maryland

236,700 5,100 3,700 51,900 -100 32,200 36,700 83,200 8,300

Massachusetts

357,700 32,400 13,000 85,800 5,300 37,500 50,600 106,700 4,400

Michigan

592,500 30,400 128,500 99,600 10,400 95,200 58,600 127,000 13,400

Minnesota

230,900 3,400 9,100 37,500 600 22,500 31,700 84,700 18,200

Mississippi

78,000 2,100 10,800 12,900 -600 11,800 3,900 30,600 2,700

Missouri

194,900 3,900 14,300 32,100 -1,700 19,700 27,300 74,500 16,000

Montana

30,700 200 1,200 4,200 300 3,100 3,700 12,700 3,900

Nebraska

59,600 300 6,300 9,300 -900 6,200 9,600 18,700 8,400

Nevada

212,700 -1,000 7,100 46,200 4,000 21,200 9,100 111,200 5,300

New Hampshire

67,300 1,500 1,900 14,400 700 5,500 10,700 26,500 2,300

New Jersey

396,200 6,900 16,100 95,900 9,900 43,300 62,900 131,500 -200

New Mexico

40,100 -400 1,400 10,500 -1,300 4,100 5,500 25,800 -4,700

New York

882,500 64,800 36,900 197,100 -2,700 82,000 147,700 258,900 13,200

North Carolina

337,300 9,100 30,000 64,200 4,600 49,200 22,400 135,600 -3,500

North Dakota

22,700 1,400 1,100 4,200 500 400 1,400 7,300 5,200

Ohio

395,700 16,200 53,100 58,500 6,600 39,600 46,400 141,900 5,400

Oklahoma

60,400 -400 600 13,200 -600 7,100 4,600 27,900 8,700

Oregon

146,200 5,700 2,900 31,300 6,100 19,800 21,100 45,900 2,700

Pennsylvania

529,200 27,400 26,200 120,800 4,500 36,100 71,900 187,200 1,700

Rhode Island

54,000 3,300 3,900 10,700 800 4,200 8,200 19,500 -1,200

South Carolina

158,600 5,800 17,100 31,400 -200 20,700 16,500 55,000 4,300

South Dakota

30,000 800 1,400 5,600 -100 900 2,300 10,300 8,000

Tennessee

231,500 100 47,200 40,700 4,600 46,600 9,700 59,300 9,200

Texas

804,200 3,900 14,200 172,600 30,100 148,800 64,500 264,100 46,700

Utah

117,100 3,700 10,600 25,200 7,300 16,300 12,500 32,800 3,700

Vermont

26,900 1,300 2,200 3,900 300 2,600 4,300 10,600 -600

Virginia

255,300 5,400 14,200 59,800 -1,400 25,500 31,500 104,600 -1,600

Washington

251,800 22,300 -7,500 56,300 4,900 26,300 47,400 68,800 15,200

West Virginia

52,000 2,200 2,100 7,200 700 4,200 6,100 23,300 1,700

Wisconsin

218,600 2,000 28,900 40,100 -900 25,000 18,800 68,500 17,500

Wyoming

9,700 -1,600 0 1,000 -100 1,200 200 9,200 800

Puerto Rico

77,500 6,200 7,100 26,100 500 8,500 5,200 19,500 2,100

While total employment increased over the year for all states, changes in employment within specific industries varied. In California there was an employment increase of 420,400 in leisure and hospitality but also an employment decrease of 30,000 in government.

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 — May 2021." For more charts and maps 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, California had largest employment gain from May 2020 to May 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/california-had-largest-employment-gain-from-may-2020-to-may-2021.htm (visited September 19, 2021).

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