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States that have gained (or lost) the most jobs in 2019 so far

  • #31. Pennsylvania

    - Net change in employment: 0.6% (41,286 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 6.5 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: 0.2% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 4.0%, 260,232 people unemployed)

    Unemployment is often the result of larger structural economic forces. But sometimes it isn’t. A Pennsylvania court recently denied one woman unemployment compensation when it was revealed that she was let go of her job after sending racy pictures to a coworker.

  • #30. Arkansas

    - Net change in employment: 0.7% (9,102 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 1.4 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: 0.2% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.5%, 47,102 people unemployed)

    Unemployment increases in September 2019 in Arkansas can be attributed to the spike in farm and seasonal unemployment. Colder temperatures are expected to mean a decrease in demand for these workers.

  • #29. Oklahoma

    - Net change in employment: 0.7% (13,496 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 1.9 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: -0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.2%, 59,564 people unemployed)

    With Oklahoma having one of the lower unemployment rates in the country, some recruiters in the state are getting creative. Libraries, unemployment offices, and grocery stores are just some of the locations recruiters are checking out to find workers for job vacancies.

  • #28. Texas

    - Net change in employment: 1% (134,937 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 14.1 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: 0.3% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.4%, 471,089 people unemployed)

    The job numbers in Texas are booming, and President Donald Trump is taking the credit. At an October 2019 rally in the Lone Star state, Trump claimed to have created hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state over the course of his administration, particularly in manufacturing.

  • #27. Mississippi

    - Net change in employment: 1% (12,459 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 1.3 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: -0.7% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 5.4%, 69,317 people unemployed)

    In early November 2019, President Donald Trump claimed at a Mississippi rally that the state’s unemployment was at a record low. Although this was true earlier in the year, the rate has since climbed to 5.4%, according to a report by CNN.

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  • #26. Colorado

    - Net change in employment: 1% (31,562 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 3.2 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: 0.9% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 2.7%, 85,287 people unemployed)

    Job seekers are in luck in Colorado. With low unemployment rates, the state is actively looking to fill open jobs. Among positions that may be in high demand are bus drivers and train drivers. A driver shortage led to proposed cuts in service in October 2019.

  • #25. New Jersey

    - Net change in employment: 1.2% (51,137 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 4.5 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: 0.8% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.1%, 140,754 people unemployed)

    New Jersey’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since the state started keeping records in 1976. The majority of jobs have been added in the private sector, particularly in leisure and hospitality and financial services.

  • #24. Michigan

    - Net change in employment: 1.2% (57,713 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 5 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: -0.2% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 4.2%, 207,671 people unemployed)

    Michigan has had mixed news on the economic front. The state’s employment metrics are moving in a positive direction, counter to national trends, with unemployment dropping as the year has progressed. But the number of unemployed has still grown by 16,000 this year.

  • #23. New Hampshire

    - Net change in employment: 1.2% (9,146 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 772,757 jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: -0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 2.5%, 19,562 people unemployed)

    One industry with a significant need for seasonal workers in New Hampshire is the state’s Department of Transportation. Heavy winter snows create a number of jobs for employees to clear roadways, and the transportation department recruits heavily for the season.

  • #22. Delaware

    - Net change in employment: 1.2% (5,853 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 489,256 jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: 0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.5%, 17,207 people unemployed)

    Unemployment in Delaware is on the rise. However, the state has added 8,000 new jobs since the beginning of the year, with more than half of those coming in the most recent two months for which data is available.

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