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Job Growth by State 2022

Job growth is a figure measured by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that tracks how many payroll jobs are created in the United States every month. The figure, along with employment levels, is used to measure economic expansion and an indicator for national economic health, as higher job growth numbers indicate increasing economic growth and a strengthening job market. Job growth is reported each month as part of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Situation Summary. The BLS sends out a survey each month and compiles and publishes the results. The job growth figure is expressed as the gross number of jobs created in the United States in the previous month.

The minimum level of job growth needed to mitigate the effects of new people entering the workforce is between 100,000 and 150,000 new jobs per month. It is believed that these are the minimum required numbers to have a positive, sustainable impact; however, consistently high job growth figures are believed to be indicative of rising interest rates and inflation.

The COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted employment and job growth in the U.S. In January 2020, the unemployment rate was low at 3.5%; however, by April 2020, the unemployment rate jumped over 11 points to 14.7%. As of January 2021, the unemployment rate is 6.3%. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in January 2021, jobs rose by 49,000 after falling 227,000 in December 2020. Additionally, the labor market is still down 9.9 million jobs since February 2020.

Job Growth by State December 2020

Because different states have drastically different populations and are home to different industries, their job growth rates vary greatly. The latest state-by-state job growth data is from December 2020. Only two states saw job growth in December: Idaho (0.69% increase in jobs, 5,30 jobs created) and Utah (0.62% increase in job, 9,900 jobs created).

The other 48 states saw negative job growth in December 2020. The states that saw the smallest job losses were Mississippi (-1.39%), Alabama (-1.63%), Georgia (-1.66%), Nebraska (-2.08%), South Carolina (-2.37%), Arkansas (-2.63%), Arizona (-2.65%), Montana (-2.70%), South Dakota (-2.74%), and Indiana (-2.76%). Unfortunately, some states saw double-digit job loss. These states are: Hawaii (-13.50%), Michigan (-10.82%), and New York (-10.30%).

Certain states see more job growth than others, and the same applies to industries. Leisure and hospitality are down 3.88 million since February 2020, the largest loss of any sector. Government and education and health services have the next largest losses at 1.327 million and 1.325 million. Utilities, mining and logging, and financial activities saw the lowest losses.

Here are the 10 states with the largest change in jobs:

  1. Nevada (1.03%)
  2. Utah (1.03%)
  3. Washington (1.03%)
  4. Idaho (1.03%)
  5. Florida (1.03%)
  6. Texas (1.03%)
  7. Arizona (1.03%)
  8. New Mexico (1.02%)
  9. South Dakota (1.02%)
  10. Alabama (1.02%)

Job Growth by State 2022

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Job Growth by State 2022

State Jobs Increase % in a Year Jobs Increase in a Year Number of Jobs in 2018 Number of Jobs in 2019 2022 Pop.
Nevada1.03%1,385,5001,428,9003,238,601
Utah1.03%1,519,2001,566,6003,363,182
Washington1.03%3,407,2003,509,6007,887,965
Idaho1.03%740,000760,6001,896,652
Florida1.03%8,784,8009,012,00022,177,997
Texas1.03%12,522,60012,845,90030,097,526
Arizona1.03%2,859,7002,931,9007,640,796
New Mexico1.02%841,700861,5002,109,093
South Dakota1.02%438,600447,900902,542
Alabama1.02%2,044,8002,085,1004,949,697
Colorado1.02%2,734,3002,787,0005,961,083
Oregon1.02%1,907,8001,944,2004,325,290
California1.02%17,176,80017,488,60039,664,128
Tennessee1.02%3,060,5003,115,6007,001,803
North Carolina1.02%4,496,5004,572,20010,807,491
Wyoming1.02%285,400290,200582,233
Mississippi1.02%1,152,7001,171,7002,961,536
Georgia1.02%4,542,7004,617,00010,936,299
South Carolina1.02%2,146,1002,179,3005,342,388
New Hampshire1.01%680,800691,0001,378,449
Montana1.01%478,200485,2001,093,117
Kentucky1.01%1,931,7001,959,8004,487,233
Rhode Island1.01%496,800503,9001,062,583
Alaska1.01%327,300331,900720,763
Missouri1.01%2,892,9002,927,6006,184,843
New Jersey1.01%4,153,7004,202,0008,870,685
Massachusetts1.01%3,641,6003,678,9006,922,107
Illinois1.01%6,123,3006,186,00012,518,071
Kansas1.01%1,416,2001,430,4002,919,179
West Virginia1.01%728,900736,1001,755,715
New York1.01%9,684,6009,780,10019,223,191
Arkansas1.01%1,262,3001,274,4003,042,017
Vermont1.01%316,200319,000622,882
Maine1.01%628,000633,5001,359,677
Oklahoma1.01%1,689,5001,704,0004,007,179
Indiana1.01%3,148,8003,170,6006,842,385
Hawaii1.01%655,100659,4001,401,709
Iowa1.01%1,584,7001,594,9003,174,426
Virginia1.01%4,007,7004,030,7008,638,218
Delaware1.01%461,200463,700998,619
Pennsylvania1.01%6,008,5006,038,80012,805,190
Nebraska1.00%1,025,5001,030,6001,960,790
Wisconsin1.00%2,970,8002,984,4005,867,518
Ohio1.00%5,567,8005,593,00011,727,377
Michigan1.00%4,422,5004,440,1009,995,212
Connecticut1.00%1,689,5001,692,7003,546,588
North Dakota1.00%435,200436,000774,008
Maryland1.00%2,745,8002,748,2006,075,314
Minnesota1.00%2,961,6002,962,4005,739,781
Louisiana1.00%1,981,9001,980,9004,616,106

Job Growth by State 2022

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