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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

State Job Growth Rankings 2011

States ranking by Percentage of  Job Growth for all of 2011:


Below are the rankings of the fifty states based on percentage of job growth for the year 2011.  December numbers are preliminary.  Four states, Missouri, Alaska, Delaware, and Georgia, have  experienced a decrease in jobs for the year of 2011.  The average percentage job growth for the United States in 2011 was +1.22% 

I've included the party affiliation of the governors and legislatures of the various states.  See the legend after the data.

Which States Received Lumps of Coal in Job Creation for November 2011? 




(Note:  These numbers are based on the monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Reports.  The BLS reports include month over month and year over year numbers.  Data for my monthly reports is taken from that BLS report copied to a spreadsheet every month.  I will continue to add more reports on state data in the coming days.)

RankStateGovernor...Legislature.....% +/- Jobs.......Rank Last Month
1.North DakotaRR+5.731.
2.UtahRR+3.043.
3.OklahomaRR+2.722.
4.LouisianaRM+2.525.
5.WyomingRR+2.254.
6.TexasRR+1.968.
7.CaliforniaDD+1.349.
8.KentuckyDM+1.7419.
9.MichiganRR+1.7211.
10.South DakotaRR+1.6642.
11.FloridaRR+1.5917.
12.ArizonaRR+1.577.
13.VermontDD+1.4713.
14.WashingtonDD+1.456.
15.OhioRR+1.4412.
16.NebraskaRN+1.3914.
17.West VirginiaDD+1.3418.
18.IdahoRR+1.3434.
19.MassachusettsDD+1.2710.
20.TennesseeRR+1.1915.
21.New Hampshire DR+1.1820.
22.OregonDM+1.1130.
23.South CarolinaRR+1.1016.
24.ColoradoDM+1.0623.
25.PennsylvaniaRR+1.0526.
26.HawaiiDD+1.0321.
27.New YorkDM+1.0122.
28.VirginiaRR+1.0137.
29.MarylandDD+1.0033.
30.MinnesotaDR+1.0036.
31.KansasRR+0.9635.
32.New JerseyRD+0.9528.
33.IllinoisDD+0.9424.
34.MontanaDR+0.9331.
35.IowaRM+0.9125.
36.New MexicoRD+0.8927.
37.ArkansasDD+0.6932.
38.IndianaRR+0.6347.
39.ConnecticutDD+0.5639.
40.North CarolinaDR+0.5140.
41.AlabamaRR+0.3944.
42.NevadaRD+0.3729.
43.MississippiRD+0.2538.
44.WisconsinRR+0.1246.
45.Rhode IslandIR+0.1148.
46.MaineRR+0.0241.
47.MissouriDR-0.1443.
48.GeorgiaRR-0.3649.
49.AlaskaRM-0.5245.
50.DelawareDR-2.8050.

Legend: 
  • R- Republican 
  • D- Democratic 
  • I-  Independent
  • M- Mixed
  • N- Non-partisan  
Is there any relationship between the party in control of a state and the rate of job creation in that state?


Based on the rankings in this report, there does not appear to be any consistent correlation between control of the state politically and job growth.  Seven states in the top 10 are now completely controlled by Republicans, as are four states in the bottom 10.  21 states are now controlled completely by Republicans.  14 of those states are in the top half of the rankings, and 7 Republican states are in the bottom half.  10 states are now controlled completely by Democrats.  5 of those states are in the top half of the rankings, and 5 of those states are in the bottom half.  


However, the biggest key to job growth in 2011 is the growth of the mining sector.  The mining sector also includes oil extraction and logging.  Seven states in the top 10 experienced an increase of at least 10% in mining sector jobs.  Most states with significant mining activity are smaller states controlled by Republicans.  As a whole, the mining and logging sector has experienced the strongest job growth in the United States for 2011.  


Biggest improvement:  South Dakota, IdahoKentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Oregon, Minnesota, and Florida, each advancing at least 5 slots from last month.


Nevada, Iowa, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Illinois, Washington, South Carolina, Mississippi, Maine, Arkansas, Arizona, Hawaii, New York, and Tennessee all declined at least 5 slots since last month.

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