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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Job Growth by State: 2011 to date (November update)

States ranking by Percentage of  Job Growth in 2011 to Date (November)

Below are the rankings of the fifty states based on percentage of job growth for the year 2011 through November.  Only two states, Delaware and Georgia, have  experienced a decrease in jobs for the year to date.  The average percentage job growth for the United States in 2011 to date is +1.20% 

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

(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.)

Rank State Governor... Legislature..... % +/- Jobs....Rank Last Month
1.North DakotaRR +4.39 1.
3.UtahRR+2.47 2.
10.Massachusetts DD+1.6215.
11.Michigan RR+1.6117.
12.Ohio RR+1.58 14.
16.South Carolina RR+1.5033.
17.Florida RR+1.4519.
18.West Virginia DD+1.4116.
19.Kentucky DM+1.37 21.
20.New Hampshire DR+1.29 35.
21.Hawaii DD +1.29 24.
22.New YorkDM +1.24 27.
24.Illinois DD+1.11 21.
25.Iowa RM +1.08 26.
26.Pennsylvania RR+0.99 30.
27.New Mexico RD+0.97 23.
28.New Jersey RD+0.94 34.
29.NevadaRD+0.93 32.
30.OregonD M+0.9325.
32.Arkansas DD+0.87 46.
33.Maryland DD+0.86 35.
34.Idaho RR+0.76 27.
35.KansasRR+0.73 38.
37.Virginia RR+0.7031.
38.MississippiRD+0.69 39.
39.Connecticut D D+0.61 37.
40.North CarolinaDR+0.52 45.
41.Maine RR+0.47 41.
42.South Dakota RR+0.44 44.
43.MissouriDR+0.27 40.
44.Alabama RR+0.25 41.
45.Alaska RM+0.15 29.
46.Wisconsin RR+0.14 43.
47.Indiana RR+0.07 48.
48Rhode Island IR+0.00 46.
49.Georgia RR-0.3450.
50.Delaware DR-0.89 49.

  • R- Republican 
  • D- Democratic 
  • I-  Independent
  • M- Mixed
  • N- Non-partisan  
Is there any relationship between 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 obvious correlation between control of the state politically and job growth.  Six states in the top 10 are now completely controlled by Republicans, as are six states in the bottom 10.  This is the same pattern that we saw last month.  21 states are now controlled completely by Republicans.  11 of those states are in the top half of the rankings, and 10 Republican states are in the bottom half.  10 states are now controlled completely by Democrats.  7 of those states are in the top half of the rankings, and 3 of those states are in the bottom half.

Many of the top ranking states are benefiting from continued growth in mining, including the leader, North Dakota.  

Biggest improvement:  Washington, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Arkansas, and North Carolina, each advancing at least 5 slots from last month.

Nebraska, Colorado, Oregon, Montana,Idaho, Minnesota, Virginia, and Alaska, all declined at least 5 slots since last month.

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