California Led with Employment Gains in June


Nonfarm payroll employment increased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, in June compared to the previous month. The largest increase came from California, which added 558,200 jobs during this time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 4.8 million over the month of June, following an increase of 2.7 million jobs in May. In May and June, the economy gained about 7.5 million jobs out of the 22.1 million jobs in March and April due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Year-over-year (YoY), total nonfarm employment fell by 13 million jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis (SA), or -8.6% from June 2019 to June 2020. During this time, total nonfarm employment decreased across all the regions.  Northeast declined by 13.2, the Midwest by 9.1%, Western region by 8.5% and the South by 6.4%. In May, the year-over-year job losses were 17.7 million on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Year-over-year, ending in June, all the states and the District of Columbia decreased in employment totaling 13 million jobs lost across the country. The range of job losses span 22,200 jobs lost in Wyoming to 1.7 million job lost in California. In percentage terms, Hawaii reported the steepest decline at 16.0% while Utah lost 2.7% of nonfarm payroll compared to a year ago.

In the construction sector specifically, which includes both residential and non-residential construction, across the 48 states which reported construction sector jobs data, 29 states reported an increase in June compared to May, while 18 states lost construction sector jobs. Alaska was unchanged. New York added 42,000 construction jobs during this time. Overall, the construction industry added 158,000 jobs in June compared to the previous month.

Year-over-year, the U.S lost 330,000 construction sector jobs which is a 4.4% decrease compared to June 2019. Utah added 10,200 jobs, which was the largest gains of any state while New York lost 68,300 jobs, which was the largest decline of any state. In percentage terms, South Dakota had the highest annual growth rate in construction sector by 13.7%. Over this period, Vermont reported the largest decline at 29.4%.

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