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Thursday, February 21, 2013

How Did Your State Rank in Jobs in 2012?

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How Did Your State Do in 2012?   


Below are preliminary state rankings in jobs and employment for 2012.

These are preliminary numbers which will be modified next week Friday (March 1st) when state benchmark revisions are released.  I have not yet added unemployment rates or changes in unemployment rates to these lists, so watch for that information as well.    

"Jobs" are the number of jobs reported by non-farm employers in a given state.  

"Employment" is the number of people who have reported themselves as employed in a state.  "Employed" includes people who are self-employed, people working on farms, as well as people who are employed by payroll-tax- paying employers. 

"Jobs" are counted according to the state in which the job is located; "Numbers employed" are counted according to the state in which the employee resides.  Therefore, if a person lives in Indiana but commutes to Illinois for work, he/she is counted as "employed" in Indiana, but his/her "job" is counted in Illinois.  This explains some of the discrepancies between employment and jobs numbers.  (Also, people working two jobs are counted as one "employed" person but two "jobs", as both of their employers will count them as an employee.)    

North Dakota, for instance, continues to lead in job growth, but it is only 19th in growth in number of people employed--  We can theorize that many of the new jobs in North Dakota went to people who are living elsewhere, and, for now, either commuting or only living temporarily in North Dakota.  Over all, there are more jobs (421,000) than there are people who say they are employed living in North Dakota (380,000).  

The top ten states by job growth (as a percent) in 2012:

  1. North Dakota (+3.6% increase in jobs)
  2. Utah (+3.0%)
  3. Arizona (+2.7%)
  4. Montana (+2.6%)
  5. Texas (+2.5%)
  6. Colorado (+2.3%)
  7. Oklahoma (+2.3%)
  8. Idaho (+2.2%)
  9. South Carolina (+2.1%)
  10. Indiana (+2.0%)

The top ten states by employment growth (as a percent) in 2012:
  1. Oklahoma (+3.4% increase in number of people employed)
  2. Utah (+3.1%)
  3. North Carolina (+2.9%)
  4. Florida (+2.6%)
  5. Louisiana (+2.6%)
  6. Pennsylvania (+2.4%)
  7. Texas (+2.4%)
  8. Georgia (+2.3%)
  9. Kentucky (+2.1%)
  10. Illinois (+2.0%)

The bottom ten states for jobs growth (as a percent) in 2012:
  • 50.  West Virginia (-1.8% decrease in jobs)
  • 49.  New Mexico (-0.4%)
  • 48.  Wyoming (-0.2%)
  • 47.  New Hampshire (-0.03%)
  • 46.  Maine (-0.02%)
  • 45.  Connecticut (-0.01%)
  • 44.  Rhode Island (+0.2% increase in jobs)
  • 43.  South Dakota (+0.3%)
  • 42.  Mississippi (+0.3%)
  • 41.  Michigan (+0.3%)      

The bottom ten states for employment growth (as a percent) in 2012:
  • 50.  Connecticut (-2.9% decrease in number employed)
  • 49.  Oregon (-1.2%)
  • 48.  Arkansas (-1.0%)
  • 47.  Indiana (-1.0%)
  • 46.  Iowa (-0.9%)
  • 45.  Hawaii (-0.9%)
  • 44.  Alaska (-0.8%)
  • 43.  Vermont (-0.7%)
  • 42.  South Dakota (-0.7%)
  • 41.  New Hampshire (-0.6%)      
  
                                Employment Growth Rank         Job Growth Rank


Rank Employment Growth Incr/decr ...#Employed  % Incr/decr ...#Employed Rank Job .,.Growth ...Incr/decr #Jobs ...%Incr/decr #Jobs
Alabama 30 7.2 0.36% 38 10.2 0.55%
Alaska 44 -2.6 -0.76% 37 1.8 0.55%
Arizona 18 32.7 1.19% 3 64.3 2.66%
Arkansas 48 -12.6 -0.99% 35 7.7 0.66%
California 15 248.5 1.51% 20 225.9 1.59%
Colorado 37 -1.1 -0.04% 6 51.3 2.26%
Connecticut 50 -50.2 -2.85% 45 -0.1 -0.01%
Delaware 29 1.5 0.37% 39 1.5 0.36%
Florida 4 217.7 2.60% 32 54.9 0.75%
Georgia 8 95.9 2.23% 13 74.1 1.90%
Hawaii 45 -5.3 -0.86% 11 11.9 1.99%
Idaho 11 13.3 1.87% 8 13.3 2.18%
Illinois 10 121.6 2.04% 33 41.9 0.74%
Indiana 47 -28.8 -0.98% 10 57.2 2.01%
Iowa 46 -14.7 -0.93% 29 14.4 0.97%
Kansas 40 -6.5 -0.46% 27 14.9 1.12%
Kentucky 9 38.7 2.06% 18 29 1.61%
Louisiana 5 49.8 2.60% 25 23.5 1.22%
Maine 39 -1.7 -0.26% 46 -0.1 -0.02%
Maryland 22 25.7 0.89% 31 21.1 0.82%
Massachusetts 27 20.5 0.64% 19 51.6 1.61%
Michigan 26 27.5 0.65% 41 12.9 0.33%
Minnesota 35 0.5 0.02% 12 51.9 1.93%
Mississippi 21 11.2 0.93% 42 3.5 0.32%
Missouri 34 1.6 0.06% 21 40.2 1.53%
Montana 14 7.5 1.58% 4 11.2 2.64%
Nebraska 12 17.1 1.76% 36 5.9 0.62%
Nevada 17 14.7 1.22% 17 18.7 1.65%
NewHampshire 41 -4.4 -0.63% 47 -0.2 -0.03%
New Jersey 31 13.1 0.31% 24 48 1.24%
New Mexico 16 11.4 1.32% 49 -3.3 -0.41%
New York 25 61.1 0.70% 22 123.6 1.42%
North Carolina 3 121.4 2.90% 14 72.4 1.84%
North Dakota 19 3.7 0.98% 1 14.5 3.56%
Ohio 23 45.1 0.85% 16 90.7 1.78%
Oklahoma 1 56.8 3.39% 7 35.2 2.25%
Oregon 49 -21.3 -1.17% 26 19.5 1.20%
Pennsylvania 6 143.5 2.43% 34 38.7 0.68%
Rhode Island 13 8.5 1.70% 44 0.9 0.20%
South Carolina 20 18.3 0.94% 9 38.7 2.10%
South Dakota 42 -2.9 -0.67% 43 1.2 0.29%
Tennessee 33 5.4 0.19% 23 36.4 1.36%
Texas 7 278.7 2.41% 5 260.8 2.45%
Utah 2 38.2 3.05% 2 37.1 3.03%
Vermont 43 -2.4 -0.70% 28 3.2 1.06%
Virginia 24 29.1 0.71% 30 31.3 0.85%
Washington 32 8.4 0.26% 15 51.7 1.82%
West Virginia 38 -1.3 -0.18% 50 -13.9 -1.83%
Wisconsin 28 15.4 0.54% 40 9.1 0.33%
Wyoming 36 -0.1 -0.03% 48 -0.6 -0.21%


Total Jobs Added in the United States in 2012: 
  • 2,170,000.

Total Employment (Workers) Added in the United States in 2012:
  • 1,714,000.  


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