Job Growth by State

Job growth is defined as a net gain in the number of new jobs from one period to another, whether it be from month to month, or from year to year. It basically refers to the creation of new jobs which employ either new workers, individuals transferring between different jobs, or people who were previously unemployed. Job growth thus both impacts the number of employed and unemployed workers of a given state, and typically also reduces the unemployment rate of that state. 

The job growth of every state affects the total national employment and unemployment rate, and the distribution of employment and unemployment varies throughout the different counties within each state. However, one pattern that’s generally consistent is that highly populated areas tend to always have the highest number of both employed and unemployed workers due to the sheer number of people that are part of the state’s workforce.

Moreover, although a state as a whole may have high job growth compared to other states, many counties within that state may have a job growth far above or below the state average. 

To learn more about job growth by state, browse the data in the charts.

Job Growth Rate by State

Alabama

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JOB GROWTH RATEhelp

2.2%

#30 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

2,293,693

#24 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.6%

#3 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

58,913

#29 in the US

Alaska

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2.4%

#31 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

361,918

#48 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4.6%

#37 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

16,661

#45 in the US

Arizona

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3.7%

#16 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

3,595,506

#15 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.5%

#20 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

125,050

#15 in the US

Arkansas

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2.6%

#32 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

1,354,290

#34 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.4%

#21 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

45,636

#32 in the US

California

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5.2%

#3 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

19,348,044

#1 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4.1%

#38 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

783,822

#1 in the US

Colorado

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4.6%

#9 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

3,257,886

#18 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.4%

#22 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

111,878

#18 in the US

Connecticut

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2.6%

#33 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

1,905,529

#28 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4.1%

#39 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

77,702

#23 in the US

Delaware

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2.1%

#34 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

500,666

#45 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4.5%

#40 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

22,331

#42 in the US

District of Columbia

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4.4%

#10 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

385,046

#47 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

5.1%

#52 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

19,816

#44 in the US

Florida

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5.3%

#4 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

10,705,514

#3 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.7%

#4 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

292,609

#4 in the US

Georgia

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5.4%

#5 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

5,278,849

#8 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.8%

#5 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

149,654

#11 in the US

Hawaii

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3.8%

#17 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

678,994

#41 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4%

#41 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

27,354

#39 in the US

Idaho

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2.8%

#35 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

956,796

#37 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.7%

#6 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

25,697

#40 in the US

Illinois

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4.3%

#11 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

6,458,390

#5 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4.5%

#42 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

290,027

#5 in the US

Indiana

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3.8%

#18 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

3,401,743

#16 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.8%

#7 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

95,218

#20 in the US

Iowa

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2.3%

#36 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

1,709,545

#31 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.6%

#8 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

44,698

#34 in the US

Kansas

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1.3%

#49 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

1,501,107

#33 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.5%

#9 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

38,170

#36 in the US

Kentucky

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2.5%

#37 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

2,062,996

#27 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.8%

#23 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

78,292

#22 in the US

Louisiana

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2.2%

#38 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

2,096,105

#26 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.5%

#24 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

73,895

#26 in the US

Maine

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2.5%

#39 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

676,897

#42 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.1%

#25 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

21,092

#43 in the US

Maryland

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3%

#19 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

3,226,267

#19 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4.3%

#43 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

138,107

#13 in the US

Massachusetts

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5.1%

#6 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

3,762,959

#14 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.6%

#26 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

134,742

#14 in the US

Michigan

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3.6%

#20 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

4,858,848

#10 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4.3%

#44 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

200,680

#8 in the US

Minnesota

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2.6%

#40 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

3,082,333

#21 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

1.9%

#2 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

58,258

#30 in the US

Mississippi

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2.6%

#41 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

1,265,752

#35 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.6%

#27 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

45,237

#33 in the US

Missouri

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2.5%

#42 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

3,051,614

#22 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.5%

#10 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

76,156

#24 in the US

Montana

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3.2%

#21 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

567,249

#44 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.8%

#11 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

15,868

#47 in the US

Nebraska

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2.2%

#43 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

1,063,182

#36 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.1%

#12 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

22,363

#41 in the US

Nevada

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7.1%

#1 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

1,527,090

#32 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4.4%

#45 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

66,464

#28 in the US

New Hampshire

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3.1%

#22 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

769,176

#40 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2%

#13 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

15,542

#48 in the US

New Jersey

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5.2%

#7 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

4,693,253

#11 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4%

#46 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

188,221

#9 in the US

New Mexico

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4.9%

#12 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

946,604

#38 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4.4%

#47 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

41,821

#35 in the US

New York

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5.1%

#8 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

9,542,654

#4 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4.7%

#48 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

445,097

#3 in the US

North Carolina

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3.6%

#23 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

5,124,349

#9 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.5%

#28 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

179,521

#10 in the US

North Dakota

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2.1%

#44 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

408,906

#46 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.3%

#14 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

9,277

#50 in the US

Ohio

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2.3%

#45 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

5,787,036

#7 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4%

#49 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

228,949

#7 in the US

Oklahoma

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2.5%

#46 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

1,882,148

#29 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.1%

#29 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

57,484

#31 in the US

Oregon

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4.6%

#13 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

2,206,930

#25 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.7%

#30 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

81,977

#21 in the US

Pennsylvania

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3.5%

#24 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

6,447,729

#6 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4.2%

#50 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

272,464

#6 in the US

Rhode Island

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3.8%

#25 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

575,093

#43 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.8%

#15 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

16,348

#46 in the US

South Carolina

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3.4%

#26 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

2,394,720

#23 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.1%

#31 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

74,521

#25 in the US

South Dakota

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2.3%

#47 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

47,838

#51 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.3%

#16 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

11,000

#49 in the US

Tennessee

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4.4%

#14 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

3,399,015

#17 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.4%

#32 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

114,679

#16 in the US

Texas

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6.1%

#2 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

14,595,814

#2 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

4.1%

#51 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

594,584

#2 in the US

Utah

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3.4%

#27 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

1,735,513

#30 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2%

#17 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

35,505

#37 in the US

Vermont

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2%

#48 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

336,176

#49 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.1%

#18 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

6,995

#52 in the US

Virginia

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JOB GROWTH RATEhelp

3.2%

#28 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

4,346,828

#12 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

2.6%

#19 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

114,105

#17 in the US

Washington

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4.7%

#15 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

4,020,402

#13 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.7%

#33 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

149,242

#12 in the US

West Virginia

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3.9%

#29 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

796,918

#39 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.9%

#34 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

30,979

#38 in the US

Wisconsin

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1.9%

#50 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

3,125,558

#20 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.1%

#35 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

96,262

#19 in the US

Wyoming

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1.9%

#51 in the US

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCEhelp

289,642

#50 in the US

UNEMPLOYMENT RATEhelp

3.1%

#36 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

9,071

#51 in the US