September 22, 2009
From August 2008 to August 2009, the largest statistically significant job losses among the states occurred in California (‑741,000), Florida (‑372,700), Michigan (‑329,900), Illinois (‑306,100), Texas (‑296,300), Ohio (‑272,000), Georgia (‑244,400), and North Carolina (‑214,000).
The smallest statistically significant decreases in employment occurred in Wyoming (‑11,800) and Vermont (‑12,000).
The largest over-the-year percentage decreases occurred in Michigan (‑7.9 percent), Arizona (‑7.4 percent), Nevada (‑6.5 percent), and Georgia and Indiana (‑6.0 percent each).
The District of Columbia (+0.3 percent) and North Dakota (+0.2 percent) reported the only over-the-year percentage increases.
Over the year, nonfarm employment decreased in 49 states; of these, 45 states experienced statistically significant changes in employment, all of which were decreases.
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Regional and State Employment and Unemployment -- August 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL 09-1126.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, State employment changes, August 2008–August 2009 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/ted_20090922.htm (visited February 12, 2016).
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