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Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 31 states over the 12 months ending February 2017

March 30, 2017

Thirty-one states had statistically significant over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in February 2017. The largest job gains occurred in California (+315,800), Florida (+248,800), and Texas (+222,400). The largest percentage gains occurred in Idaho (+3.6 percent), Utah (+3.3 percent), and Nevada (+3.2 percent). Two states had significant over-the-year declines in employment: Wyoming (-7,200, or −2.5 percent) and Alaska (−6,700, or −2.0 percent).

Over-the-year percent change in nonfarm payroll employment, by state, seasonally adjusted, February 2016 to February 2017
State Over-the-year percent change February 2016  February 2017 Over-the-year net change

Alabama

1.5% 1,967,500 1,996,600 29,100

Alaska

-2.0 336,000 329,300 -6,700

Arizona

2.2 2,680,900 2,739,100 58,200

Arkansas

1.3 1,224,700 1,241,000 16,300

California

1.9 16,360,300 16,676,100 315,800

Colorado

1.9 2,581,200 2,631,500 50,300

Connecticut

0.1 1,680,300 1,682,400 2,100

Delaware

0.7 452,200 455,200 3,000

District of Columbia

0.5 781,000 785,200 4,200

Florida

3.0 8,294,200 8,543,000 248,800

Georgia

2.6 4,338,200 4,452,200 114,000

Hawaii

0.8 645,500 650,500 5,000

Idaho

3.6 688,400 712,900 24,500

Illinois

0.8 6,008,000 6,055,000 47,000

Indiana

1.3 3,074,400 3,113,800 39,400

Iowa

0.7 1,569,500 1,580,400 10,900

Kansas

0.0 1,411,600 1,411,200 -400

Kentucky

1.4 1,909,800 1,936,200 26,400

Louisiana

0.2 1,979,400 1,982,400 3,000

Maine

0.5 617,300 620,200 2,900

Maryland

2.1 2,697,700 2,755,500 57,800

Massachusetts

1.6 3,545,900 3,603,600 57,700

Michigan

1.9 4,294,400 4,377,000 82,600

Minnesota

1.3 2,884,400 2,921,300 36,900

Mississippi

0.1 1,147,100 1,147,900 800

Missouri

1.9 2,826,500 2,880,500 54,000

Montana

2.4 466,000 477,300 11,300

Nebraska

1.3 1,011,100 1,024,700 13,600

Nevada

3.2 1,283,400 1,324,600 41,200

New Hampshire

1.7 666,400 677,500 11,100

New Jersey

1.8 4,056,500 4,130,200 73,700

New Mexico

0.7 831,700 837,600 5,900

New York

1.4 9,361,700 9,496,900 135,200

North Carolina

1.8 4,309,300 4,386,100 76,800

North Dakota

-0.7 437,100 434,100 -3,000

Ohio

0.8 5,476,600 5,522,000 45,400

Oklahoma

-0.4 1,662,600 1,655,600 -7,000

Oregon

2.2 1,821,500 1,861,400 39,900

Pennsylvania

1.3 5,867,600 5,941,600 74,000

Rhode Island

1.2 489,300 495,200 5,900

South Carolina

1.6 2,042,300 2,074,300 32,000

South Dakota

1.4 430,500 436,400 5,900

Tennessee

2.2 2,944,800 3,010,900 66,100

Texas

1.9 11,975,800 12,198,200 222,400

Utah

3.3 1,411,000 1,456,900 45,900

Vermont

1.1 312,500 315,900 3,400

Virginia

1.4 3,904,200 3,957,700 53,500

Washington

2.7 3,206,600 3,294,500 87,900

West Virginia

-0.4 751,000 748,300 -2,700

Wisconsin

1.0 2,922,600 2,950,800 28,200

Wyoming

-2.5 285,600 278,400 -7,200

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 2017" (HTML) (PDF). Also see more charts and maps on state employment and unemployment.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 31 states over the 12 months ending February 2017 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/nonfarm-payroll-employment-increased-in-31-states-over-the-12-months-ending-february-2017.htm (visited October 27, 2021).