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

  • #11. Nevada

    - Net change in employment: 2.1% (31,415 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 1.5 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: 0.3% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 4.1%, 63,201 people unemployed)

    Nevada plans to lower unemployment insurance tax rates. The move is so popular among Nevada business owners that not a single one turned up at an open town hall to discuss the move.

  • #10. District of Columbia

    - Net change in employment: 2.1% (8,379 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 411,897 jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: 0% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 5.4%, 22,158 people unemployed)

    The Department of Employment Services in Washington D.C. has recently been under fire for a number of suspect practices. The department has apparently not been responding to job seekers, and promoting services that do not, in fact, seem to exist, making it more difficult for residents to find jobs.

  • #9. South Carolina

    - Net change in employment: 2.2% (50,487 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 2.4 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: 0.3% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 2.9%, 69,179 people unemployed)

    South Carolina’s unemployment rate hit record lows in 2019. Employers in the state are having such a hard time finding qualified workers to fill open jobs that officials have created programs to match employers with ideal candidates.

  • #8. New Mexico

    - Net change in employment: 2.2% (20,573 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 965,447 jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: 0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 4.9%, 46,925 people unemployed)

    Even good jobs can’t blunt one sign of economic hazard in New Mexico. Homelessness is on the rise in the state, as people struggle to find affordable housing, even though they may have good jobs and housing vouchers.

  • #7. Washington

    - Net change in employment: 2.2% (84,724 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 3.9 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: -0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 4.6%, 179,439 people unemployed)

    Washington has added tens of thousands of jobs in 2019. Private job growth has clustered in the retail and wholesale trade, followed by financial services.

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  • #6. Idaho

    - Net change in employment: 2.3% (19,820 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 882,214 jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: -0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 2.9%, 25,626 people unemployed)

    The percentage of Idaho residents seeking work has been increasing slowly throughout 2019. Another positive economic note for the state? The number of jobs posted throughout the year also has similarly increased.

  • #5. Arizona

    - Net change in employment: 2.3% (80,468 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 3.6 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: 0% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 4.9%, 175,812 people unemployed)

    Two good economic indicators for Arizona? The number of available jobs and the number of people entering the workforce. Although the state’s unemployment rate has remained largely the same, this has been because new job seekers entered the market, rather than because residents are having trouble finding jobs.

  • #4. Alabama

    - Net change in employment: 2.6% (56,799 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 2.3 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: 0.8% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.0%, 66,919 people unemployed)

    The jobless rate in Alabama hit a record low in September. The state has posted almost twice as many jobs in 2019 as economists predicted—with months still remaining in the year.

  • #3. North Carolina

    - Net change in employment: 2.6% (131,768 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 5.1 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: -0.4% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 4.1%, 208,399 people unemployed)

    Unemployment in North Carolina was down slightly in September. This was despite the loss of several thousand manufacturing jobs in the state, which disappeared likely because of the trade war with China.

  • #2. Iowa

    - Net change in employment: 2.8% (46,859 jobs gained)
    - Sept. 2019 employment: 1.7 million jobs
    - Net change in unemployment: -0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 2.5%, 44,223 people unemployed)

    Iowa has the second-lowest unemployment level in the nation. However, farming is a major industry in Iowa, and when economic data parses out farm employment, the numbers tell a slightly different story: nonfarm employment actually dipped in September 2019.

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