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Utah has largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among states, July 2013

August 21, 2013

From July 2012 to July 2013, nonfarm employment increased in 49 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 1 state. The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in Utah (+3.2 percent), followed by Arizona (+3.1 percent) and Georgia (+2.8 percent). The only over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Alaska (−0.5 percent).

Percentage change in nonfarm employment by state, seasonally adjusted, July 2012-July 2013

Percentage change in nonfarm payroll employment by state, seasonally adjusted, July 2012–July 2013
StatePercent change in nonfarm employment from July 2012 to July 2013 (p)Statistical significance

Alabama

0.9Not statistically significant change

Alaska

-0.5Not statistically significant change

Arizona

3.1Statistically significant, increase

Arkansas

1.2Not statistically significant change

California

1.6Statistically significant, increase

Colorado

2.7Statistically significant, increase

Connecticut

1.4Statistically significant, increase

Delaware

1.7Statistically significant, increase

District of Columbia

0.5Not statistically significant change

Florida

1.9Statistically significant, increase

Georgia

2.8Statistically significant, increase

Hawaii

1.0Not statistically significant change

Idaho

2.7Statistically significant, increase

Illinois

1.0Statistically significant, increase

Indiana

1.9Statistically significant, increase

Iowa

1.7Statistically significant, increase

Kansas

1.2Statistically significant, increase

Kentucky

1.0Statistically significant, increase

Louisiana

1.2Statistically significant, increase

Maine

0.8Not statistically significant change

Maryland

1.5Statistically significant, increase

Massachusetts

1.2Statistically significant, increase

Michigan

1.7Statistically significant, increase

Minnesota

2.0Statistically significant, increase

Mississippi

2.2Statistically significant, increase

Missouri

1.8Statistically significant, increase

Montana

1.9Statistically significant, increase

Nebraska

0.7Not statistically significant change

Nevada

1.3Not statistically significant change

New Hampshire

1.1Not statistically significant change

New Jersey

1.9Statistically significant, increase

New Mexico

1.0Not statistically significant change

New York

0.9Statistically significant, increase

North Carolina

1.7Statistically significant, increase

North Dakota

2.7Statistically significant, increase

Ohio

0.7Not statistically significant change

Oklahoma

0.6Not statistically significant change

Oregon

1.7Statistically significant, increase

Pennsylvania

0.5Not statistically significant change

Rhode Island

0.2Not statistically significant change

South Carolina

2.0Statistically significant, increase

South Dakota

1.1Not statistically significant change

Tennessee

1.2Statistically significant, increase

Texas

2.7Statistically significant, increase

Utah

3.2Statistically significant, increase

Vermont

1.5Not statistically significant change

Virginia

1.4Statistically significant, increase

Washington

2.3Statistically significant, increase

West Virginia

0.8Not statistically significant change

Wisconsin

0.9Statistically significant, increase

Wyoming

0.9Not statistically significant change

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary.
 

Washington, 2.3%Oregon, 1.7%California, 1.6%Idaho, 2.7%Nevada, 1.3%Montana, 1.9%Wyoming, 0.9%Utah, 3.2%Arizona, 3.1%Colorado, 2.7%New Mexico, 1.0%North Dakota, 2.7%South Dakota, 1.1%Nebraska, 0.7%Kansas, 1.2%Oklahoma, 0.6%Texas, 2.7%Louisiana, 1.2%Arkansas, 1.2%Missouri, 1.8%Iowa, 1.7%Minnesota, 2.0%Alaska, -0.5%Hawaii, 1.0%Kentucky, 1.0%Tennessee, 1.2%Mississippi, 2.2%Alabama, 0.9%Florida, 1.9%Georgia, 2.8%South Carolina, 2.0%North Carolina, 1.7%Virginia, 1.4%District of Columbia, 0.5%West Virginia, 0.8%Maryland, 1.5%Delaware, 1.7%Wisconsin, 0.9%Illinois, 1.0%Michigan, 1.7%Indiana, 1.9%Ohio, 0.7%Pennsylvania, 0.5%New Jersey, 1.9%New York, 0.9%Connecticut, 1.4%Rhode Island, 0.2%Massachusetts, 1.2%Vermont, 1.5%New Hampshire, 1.1%Maine, 0.8%

Over the year, 33 states had statistically significant changes in employment, all of which were positive. Among those states, the largest over-the-year job increase occurred in Texas (+293,000, or +2.7 percent), followed by California (+236,400, or +1.6 percent) and Florida (+143,700, or +1.9 percent).

In July 2013, 16 states had statistically significant over-the-month changes in employment, 12 of which were increases. The largest statistically significant job gain occurred in California (+38,100), followed by Georgia (+30,900) and Florida (+27,600). The largest statistically significant job decreases occurred in New Jersey (−11,800) and Nevada (−10,200).

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 — July 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-1697.

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