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West Virginia only state to lose employment from May 2014 to May 2015

June 24, 2015

From May 2014 to May 2015, 32 states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant increases in employment and West Virginia had a significant decrease (−16,600). The largest significant over-the-year job increase occurred in California (+465,700), followed by Texas (+286,400) and Florida (+268,500).

States with statistically significant employment changes from May 2014 to May 2015, seasonally adjusted

90,000 and higher
60,000 to 89,999
30,000 to 59,999
0 to 29,999
-1 and lower
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Hover over legend items to see states in a category.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment in West Virginia went from 774,200 in May 2014 to 757,600 in May 2015, a 2.1-percent decrease. Much of the decline was due to losses in government employment (10,900), construction (4,200), and the leisure and hospitality sector (2,200).

Employment in California went from 15,588,400 in May 2014 to 16,054,100 in May 2015. The largest over-the-year percentage increases occurred in Utah (+3.9 percent) and Washington (+3.6 percent).

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 "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — May 2015" (HTML) (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, West Virginia only state to lose employment from May 2014 to May 2015 at (visited June 19, 2024).

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