Between January and February 2018, nonfarm payroll employment rose in 43 states and the District of Columbia, fell in six states, and remained unchanged in Wyoming.

Texas added 40,500 new employees in this one month period, followed by New York at 28,000 and Florida at 26,700. Maryland experienced the largest decrease in employment with 3,100 fewer jobs, followed by Minnesota at 1,300. The largest percentage increases occurred in Virginia, Nevada, Tennessee, and Alaska, where employment rose by 0.5% relative to the size of the state’s job market.

Year-over-year, nonfarm payroll employment has risen by 1.6% nationwide. At the state level, nonfarm payroll employment rose in 46 states and the District of Columbia between February 2017 and February 2018. Employment remained unchanged in Louisiana, and fell in Alaska, North Dakota, and Delaware.

Since the Great Recession, the U.S. has grown 11.7% in nonfarm employment between December 2009 and December 2017. During this time, 17 states and the District of Columbia have recorded growth above the U.S. rate of 11.7%. Utah had the highest employment growth rate of 23.5% and Florida (18.5%) and Colorado (18.4%) rounded out the top three…West Virginia (-0.1%) and Wyoming (-1.8%) declined in employment

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