Last week, ADP reported a 200,000 gain in U.S. nonfarm private sector employment during March. According to the March ADP Regional Employment Report released Wednesday morning, approximately 51,000 of those jobs were added in the West region, marking a 0.19% gain, the largest growth seen in all regions. The South was close behind with a gain of 0.17%, followed by the Northeast (0.16%) and Midwest (0.14%) regions, respectively.

"In March the West was once again the regional leader in employment growth on a percentage basis," said Ahu Yildirmaz, VP and head of the ADP Research Institute, in a statement. "The South cooled a bit in March, with its smallest growth since October, while the Northeast was the only region to exceed its six-month average growth rate."

Please note that the total numbers displayed in our chart below differ slightly from ADP's breakdown, as they rounded up the total in every region.

Among the 29 states that ADP includes in their regional report, four states gained more than 10,000 jobs during March: California (19,600), Florida (18,600), Texas (17,600), and New York (16,600). Three of these states are located in the South or the West, where demand for housing is high, supply is tight, and home prices are rising. By rate of growth, the four states posting the largest gains were Washington (0.37%), Nevada (0.36%), Oregon (0.31%), and Utah (0.31%), all located in the West.

In March, 7,000 jobs were added to the natural resources, mining, and construction industry nationwide, with the West region contributing 5,000 to the net gain. The Northeast reported 4,000 jobs gained in the three industries combined, while the Midwest added 3,000. The South is the only region that witnessed a job loss in natural resources, mining, and construction, with -5,000 jobs eliminated from February to March. The construction industry alone added 17,000 jobs during the same period of time, as BUILDER previously reported.

Read the full release of ADP Regional Employment Report here>>, and see the full ADP infographic below:

West Region Continues Strongest Growth Rate

ADP Regional Employment Report which is produced by ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, in collaboration with Moody's Analytics, Inc. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP Regional Employment Report measures the change in regional and state nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.