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Employment up in 42 states over the year ending December 2022

January 27, 2023

From December 2021 to December 2022, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 42 states and was essentially unchanged in 8 states and the District of Columbia. The largest percentage increase occurred in Texas (+5.0 percent), followed by Florida (+4.8 percent) and Oregon (+4.2 percent).

Change in nonfarm employment by state, December 2021 to December 2022
State Percent change December 2021 employment December 2022 employment Net change

Alabama

2.7% 2,052,800 2,108,400 55,600

Alaska

2.2 316,900 323,900 7,000

Arizona

3.1 3,011,900 3,105,700 93,800

Arkansas

1.4 1,305,100 1,323,900 18,800

California

3.6 17,140,500 17,761,900 621,400

Colorado

3.7 2,806,800 2,911,500 104,700

Connecticut

2.0 1,635,800 1,667,900 32,100

Delaware

1.8 453,200 461,300 8,100

District of Columbia

1.3 762,200 772,300 10,100

Florida

4.8 9,138,500 9,578,500 440,000

Georgia

3.5 4,674,700 4,840,000 165,300

Hawaii

3.8 596,300 619,100 22,800

Idaho

2.8 806,600 829,300 22,700

Illinois

2.7 5,940,200 6,101,200 161,000

Indiana

1.7 3,149,300 3,204,000 54,700

Iowa

2.2 1,553,300 1,587,500 34,200

Kansas

3.1 1,375,100 1,417,400 42,300

Kentucky

2.4 1,921,800 1,968,200 46,400

Louisiana

2.4 1,896,400 1,942,600 46,200

Maine

2.8 627,300 644,600 17,300

Maryland

1.6 2,690,900 2,735,000 44,100

Massachusetts

3.7 3,598,400 3,732,900 134,500

Michigan

2.2 4,289,000 4,381,300 92,300

Minnesota

3.2 2,864,500 2,955,500 91,000

Mississippi

0.0 1,155,200 1,155,700 500

Missouri

1.6 2,885,700 2,933,300 47,600

Montana

1.3 502,400 509,000 6,600

Nebraska

3.2 1,011,400 1,043,600 32,200

Nevada

3.8 1,422,600 1,476,000 53,400

New Hampshire

2.5 672,400 689,300 16,900

New Jersey

3.6 4,116,800 4,265,700 148,900

New Mexico

2.6 833,800 855,200 21,400

New York

3.1 9,290,700 9,576,100 285,400

North Carolina

4.1 4,656,100 4,846,400 190,300

North Dakota

1.4 423,200 429,000 5,800

Ohio

2.0 5,403,000 5,508,600 105,600

Oklahoma

2.9 1,655,200 1,702,600 47,400

Oregon

4.2 1,915,800 1,997,100 81,300

Pennsylvania

3.5 5,837,600 6,040,100 202,500

Rhode Island

1.9 488,000 497,500 9,500

South Carolina

3.3 2,171,900 2,243,600 71,700

South Dakota

3.4 442,100 457,200 15,100

Tennessee

3.3 3,166,400 3,271,200 104,800

Texas

5.0 13,055,400 13,705,500 650,100

Utah

2.5 1,636,400 1,677,000 40,600

Vermont

1.5 297,800 302,200 4,400

Virginia

2.6 3,994,400 4,097,900 103,500

Washington

3.5 3,435,900 3,557,600 121,700

West Virginia

1.9 693,800 707,000 13,200

Wisconsin

2.1 2,900,700 2,960,700 60,000

Wyoming

1.8 282,600 287,700 5,100

Over the month, nonfarm payroll employment decreased in 1 state and was essentially unchanged in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Employment decreased in West Virginia (−9,700, or −1.4 percent).

Change in nonfarm employment in West Virginia by industry, November 2022 to December 2022
Industry Net change

Total nonfarm

-9,700

Mining and logging

0

Construction

500

Manufacturing

-300

Trade, transportation, and utilities

300

Information

-100

Financial activities

100

Professional and business services

-900

Education and health services

-400

Leisure and hospitality

-200

Other services

200

Government

-8,900

In West Virginia, government lost 8,900 jobs in December 2022. Professional and business services experienced a decrease of 900 jobs, while education and health services lost 400 jobs.

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 — December 2022." 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, Employment up in 42 states over the year ending December 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/employment-up-in-42-states-over-the-year-ending-december-2022.htm (visited October 01, 2023).

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