California Leads Job Gains in September


Total nonfarm employment, seasonally adjusted (SA) increased by 2.1 million jobs, year-over-year (YoY), or 1.4% from September 2018 to September 2019. During this time, total nonfarm employment in the Western region increased by 2.1%. The South, Northeast, and Midwest recorded gains at 1.8%, 0.9% and 0.7% respectively, during this time.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 28 states and decreased in 22 states and the District of Columbia, in September compared to the previous month. California added 21,300 jobs, which was the largest gain of any state. The largest decline came from Virginia, which lost 14,700 jobs during this time. Nationwide, total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 136,000 over the month of September, following an increase of 168,000 jobs in August.

Year-over-year, ending in September, all the states and the District of Columbia increased in employment. California added 320,000 workers while the smallest gain came from North Dakota which added 1,200 workers during this time. In percentage terms, 22 states recorded annualized growth equal to and/or above 1.4% in employment, which was the national growth rate. Nevada recorded the highest growth rate at 3.2%. The other states and the District of Columbia recorded annualized growth between 0.2%-1.3%.

In the construction sector specifically, which includes both residential and non-residential construction, across the 48 states which reported construction sector jobs data, 26 states had an increase in September, 22 states reported a decline compared to August. The construction industry as a whole gained 7,000 jobs in September. Florida added 7,200 jobs, the highest gains in construction employees while Virginia lost 3,200 workers during this time.

Year-over-year, the U.S added 156,000 construction sector jobs which is a 2.1% increase compared to September 2018. Texas added 52,000, which was the largest gains of any state while Louisiana lost 10,600, which was the largest decline of any state. In percentage terms, Nevada had the highest annual growth in construction sector by 12.3%. Over this period, Louisiana reported the largest decline at 7.0%.

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