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Employment up over the year in 47 states and District of Columbia, September 2021

October 26, 2021

From September 2020 to September 2021, nonfarm payroll employment increased significantly in 47 states and the District of Columbia and was essentially unchanged in 3 states.

States with statistically significant employment changes from September 2020 to September 2021
State Over-the-year
percent change
in employment
Employment,
Sept. 2020
Employment,
Sept. 2021
Over-the-year
change in
employment

Hawaii

12.9% 510,400 576,000 65,600

Nevada

6.6 1,265,200 1,349,300 84,100

Texas

5.9 12,145,800 12,857,300 711,500

Washington

5.4 3,259,600 3,434,700 175,100

Massachusetts

5.2 3,341,000 3,516,200 175,200

Utah

5.2 1,538,800 1,618,900 80,100

California

5.0 15,874,100 16,669,900 795,800

Florida

4.8 8,460,800 8,866,700 405,900

Arizona

4.7 2,838,100 2,972,100 134,000

Georgia

4.4 4,383,800 4,578,200 194,400

Maryland

4.1 2,563,900 2,669,600 105,700

Colorado

3.9 2,639,000 2,741,100 102,100

Minnesota

3.8 2,763,800 2,869,700 105,900

Rhode Island

3.8 462,600 480,300 17,700

Alaska

3.6 294,900 305,500 10,600

New Jersey

3.6 3,860,500 4,000,500 140,000

Oregon

3.4 1,817,900 1,880,600 62,700

Alabama

3.2 1,980,100 2,044,200 64,100

New Mexico

3.2 786,700 811,600 24,900

North Carolina

3.2 4,382,800 4,522,300 139,500

South Carolina

3.2 2,080,700 2,147,500 66,800

Tennessee

3.2 2,997,600 3,093,700 96,100

Idaho

3.0 762,600 785,200 22,600

West Virginia

3.0 670,800 691,000 20,200

Nebraska

2.9 989,300 1,017,700 28,400

Illinois

2.8 5,655,600 5,813,500 157,900

Vermont

2.8 287,800 295,800 8,000

Connecticut

2.6 1,569,200 1,609,700 40,500

Missouri

2.6 2,775,200 2,846,000 70,800

Oklahoma

2.5 1,609,700 1,650,100 40,400

Arkansas

2.4 1,239,600 1,269,800 30,200

Iowa

2.4 1,502,100 1,538,200 36,100

Kansas

2.4 1,354,800 1,387,000 32,200

Michigan

2.4 4,081,900 4,180,900 99,000

Mississippi

2.4 1,111,900 1,138,200 26,300

New Hampshire

2.4 646,000 661,700 15,700

New York

2.4 8,747,200 8,959,200 212,000

District of Columbia

2.3 735,400 752,100 16,700

Pennsylvania

2.3 5,602,700 5,733,700 131,000

Kentucky

2.2 1,842,600 1,882,300 39,700

Indiana

2.0 2,999,800 3,058,800 59,000

Maine

2.0 599,800 611,900 12,100

South Dakota

2.0 429,200 437,800 8,600

Virginia

1.9 3,856,000 3,929,000 73,000

North Dakota

1.8 408,800 416,300 7,500

Wisconsin

1.8 2,826,500 2,876,400 49,900

Delaware

1.7 441,900 449,300 7,400

Ohio

1.7 5,267,200 5,355,900 88,700

Note: Data are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary.

The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment occurred in Hawaii, where employment rose 12.9 percent, followed by Nevada (6.6 percent), and Texas (5.9 percent). Washington, Massachusetts, Utah, and California also had over-the-year employment increases of 5.0 percent or more.

In terms of the number of jobs, the largest increases occurred in California (795,800), Texas (711,500), and Florida (405,900), and New York (212,000).

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. To learn more, see "State Employment and Unemployment — September 2021." Also see more charts and tables of employment and unemployment data by state in the state chart package.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment up over the year in 47 states and District of Columbia, September 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/employment-up-over-the-year-in-47-states-and-district-of-columbia-september-2021.htm (visited November 27, 2022).