According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, twenty-seven states had increases in employment for the 12 months ending March 2017. Two states lost jobs over the same 12-month period, while employment remained essentially unchanged in 21 states and the District of Columbia over the year.
The largest over-the-year job gains occurred in California, Texas, and Florida (large population states). The largest percentage gain occurred in Utah (+3.2 percent), followed by Florida, Georgia, and Nevada (+3.0 percent each). Only 2 states experienced employment declines (Alaska and Wyoming – low population states).
These numbers continue to show that the job market is improving. Presumably, should federal legislation, namely healthcare and taxes, be passed the job market could continue its positive gains.
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