Employment Situation in June: State-Level Analysis


Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 44 states and the District of Columbia in June compared to the previous month while six states lost jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 850,000 in June, following an upwardly revised increase of 583,000 jobs in May.

On a month-over-month basis, employment data was strong in Florida, which added 81,300 jobs, followed by California (+73,500) and Texas (+55,800). Six states lost a total of 12,400 jobs, the largest decline was reported in Maryland which lost 6,400 jobs.  In percentage terms, Arizona employment increased by 1.3% while Alaska reported a 0.9% decline between May and June.

Year-over-year ending in June, 7.9 million jobs have been recovered marking the economic rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic induced recession. All the states and District of Columbia added jobs compared to a year ago. The range of job gains spanned 804,900 jobs in California to 8,200 jobs added in Wyoming. In percentage terms, Nevada reported the highest increase by 11.6%, while Oklahoma increased by 2.1% compared to a year ago.


Across the 48 states which reported construction sector jobs data—which includes both residential as well as non-residential construction— 23 states reported an increase in June compared to May, while 24 states lost construction sector jobs. Maine reported no change. Georgia added 5,700 construction jobs while New York lost 6,900. Overall, the construction industry lost 7,000 jobs in June compared to the previous month. In percentage terms, Kentucky increased by 3.4% while Vermont reported a decline of 3.4% between May and June.

Year-over-year, construction sector jobs in the U.S. increased by 239,000, which is a 3.3% increase compared to the June 2020 level. California added 27,300 jobs, which was the largest gain of any state, while Alabama lost 4,300 jobs, which was the largest decline. In percentage terms, Rhode Island had the highest annual growth rate in the construction sector by 18.1%. Over this period, Wyoming reported the largest decline at 6.7%.

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