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

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

With a presidential election on the horizon in one year, the health of the economy may be on Americans’ minds when they cast a ballot for incumbent Republican President Donald Trump on Nov. 3, 2020, or for whomever his Democratic challenger turns out to be.

Asking Americans whether they feel they were better or worse off than they were a year prior is a time-honored question in presidential and electoral politics. But just how can such a metric be gauged?

One way is to look at employment data. And a key piece of employment data is how many jobs were lost or gained over a given year. However, it bears remembering that other factors are also at play in looking at the unemployment rate and other jobs data. This includes the number of people actively looking for work—if people stop looking for work, unemployment may artificially go down, as unemployment numbers only count the number of people actively looking for work who are unable to find jobs.

It also pays to remember that low unemployment isn’t uniformly good news. When unemployment is low, many businesses have a hard time finding workers to fill open jobs. When this happens because of a lack of skilled workers, businesses or state officials may try to narrow the gap by providing jobs training. But other factors can influence the employers' difficulty retaining top talent, with some business leaders voicing fears that employees in states with low unemployment rates may simply feel freer to leave their jobs and find new ones than they would at a time of high unemployment.

To determine the states that have gained the most jobs in 2019, Stacker consulted the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics State Employment and Unemployment data, last updated in October 2019. All 50 states and the District of Columbia are ranked here according to the percentage of jobs gained (or lost) in those states from December 2018 to September 2019.

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#51. Hawaii

- Net change in employment: -2.6% (17,295 jobs lost)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 660,402 jobs
- Net change in unemployment: -0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 2.7%, 17,749 people unemployed)

By almost any metric, job-seekers in Hawaii should be happy. One of the best benefits in the state? The hourly rate, which is over $26 an hour, is well above the national average. The state is also among the most expensive to live in.

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#50. Alaska

- Net change in employment: -1.7% (6,167 jobs lost)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 350,125 jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.3% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 6.2%, 21,703 people unemployed)

Alaska’s unemployment is at a record low, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Some economists have said that the low unemployment levels reflect a discouraged workforce, with fewer people now looking for work than were previously.

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#49. Maine

- Net change in employment: -1% (7,294 jobs lost)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 691,020 jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.6% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 2.9%, 19,697 people unemployed)

Community college enrollment usually spikes when unemployment is high. But that’s not the case in Maine, where low unemployment has still seen an enrollment bump in the state’s community colleges—which should make graduates all the more competitive when they receive degrees.

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#48. New York

- Net change in employment: -1% (92,569 jobs lost)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 9.5 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.9%, 375,979 people unemployed)

A recent strike by GM employees has been intended to benefit workers at the automobile manufacturing giant. But that’s not necessarily what is happening in New York, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo blocked unemployment benefits to more than 3,000 strikers, who are, by their own choice, out of work.

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#47. California

- Net change in employment: -0.5% (106,802 jobs lost)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 19.4 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 4.0%, 773,987 people unemployed)

California’s unemployment rate is its lowest in four decades. The state’s top three drivers of growth? Manufacturing, professional services, and the arts.

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#46. Connecticut

- Net change in employment: -0.5% (9,700 jobs lost)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 1.9 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.2% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.6%, 68,274 people unemployed)

Connecticut’s economy is the strongest it has been in eight years. But that hasn’t helped its ranking nationally—the state is still in the bottom half in the country as measured by economic and employment health, including wages and the overall employment rate.

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#45. Louisiana

- Net change in employment: -0.3% (5,547 jobs lost)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 2.1 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.6% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 4.3%, 90,952 people unemployed)

The State of Louisiana’s job growth is a topic of debate. The state’s two most-recent candidates for governor had sparred over which statistics illuminate the state of the economy accurately, and whether strong jobs numbers are recent enough for the current governor to stake a claim.

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#44. Indiana

- Net change in employment: -0.3% (8,637 jobs lost)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 3.4 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.3% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.2%, 109,430 people unemployed)

Indiana is experiencing record low unemployment across the state. In September, joblessness was down in nearly every city and town where it is tracked for the lowest unemployment rate in almost two decades.

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#43. Rhode Island

- Net change in employment: -0.2% (966 jobs lost)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 555,268 jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.4% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.6%, 19,997 people unemployed)

Although 400 jobs were cut in Rhode Island from August to September, the unemployment rate stayed the same. This was partially because of an increase in Rhode Islanders with jobs, including those working out of state.

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#42. Kansas

- Net change in employment: -0.2% (2,413 jobs lost)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 1.5 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.2%, 46,892 people unemployed)

One surprising impact of the relatively low unemployment rate in the State of Kansas? More workers quitting their jobs. Some employers have anecdotally suggested that job-hopping may be up because workers feel confident they will be able to find another job if they leave their current workplace.

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#41. Wisconsin

- Net change in employment: -0.1% (4,353 jobs lost)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 3.1 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: -0.2% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.2%, 100,667 people unemployed)

Wisconsin is a swing state in presidential elections, which means its economy matters to presidential hopefuls. And it may not bode well for incumbents in Wisconsin, with all 72 counties showing worse unemployment rates than they did a year ago.

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#40. Georgia

- Net change in employment: -0.1% (3,991 jobs lost)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 5.1 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.2% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.5%, 177,249 people unemployed)

Over half of Georgia’s regions—and many of its counties—posted record low unemployment in September. That same month, unemployment claims dipped 7%.

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#39. Wyoming

- Net change in employment: 0% (53 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 289,257 jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.3% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.8%, 10,908 people unemployed)

Coal has historically been a major part of Wyoming’s economy. A string of coal company bankruptcies is threatening employment in the state, and could put thousands out of their jobs.

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#38. Vermont

- Net change in employment: 0.1% (317 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 345,888 jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.4% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 2.2%, 7,583 people unemployed)

Vermont has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. At just 2.2% in September 2019, the state has fewer people actively looking for and unable to find work than any other state.

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#37. Massachusetts

- Net change in employment: 0.2% (6,673 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 3.8 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.2% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 2.9%, 111,479 people unemployed)

Massachusetts may have a low unemployment rate, but that hasn’t spared some employees in the state from a spate of recent cuts. Among the companies that have cut jobs are an Ohio-based defense contracting agency and the multinational corporation Nestlé.

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#36. Oregon

- Net change in employment: 0.2% (5,148 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 2.1 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.2% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 4.1%, 86,052 people unemployed)

Hiring slowed in Oregon in 2019, but the jobless rate has held steady. Employment gains were strongest in the health care and social assistance sectors, and weakest in government.

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#35. North Dakota

- Net change in employment: 0.2% (993 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 403,938 jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 2.5%, 9,910 people unemployed)

North Dakota may have a low unemployment rate generally, but this is not true across all industries. The state is experiencing a shortage of qualified nurses, which officials are currently trying to rectify with relocation incentives for out-of-state nurses.

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#34. Kentucky

- Net change in employment: 0.5% (10,508 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 2.1 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: -0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 4.4%, 90,421 people unemployed)

The state of Kentucky’s labor market played a prominent role in its gubernatorial race in November. The 4.4% unemployment rate had President Donald Trump campaigning for the incumbent Republican governor in the hopes of boosting his popularity despite high unemployment. The Democrat won the election, but the incumbent has not conceded.

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#33. Illinois

- Net change in employment: 0.5% (35,463 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 6.5 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.4% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.9%, 255,924 people unemployed)

Illinois residents generally are not having trouble finding work. However, that hasn’t stopped many of the state’s most skilled workers from leaving to seek employment elsewhere, which has policymakers and businesses worried about being able to fill vacant jobs.

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#32. Montana

- Net change in employment: 0.6% (3,389 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 533,047 jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.4% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.3%, 17,776 people unemployed)

There are so few workers available in Montana to fill vacant jobs that employers are turning to unusual sources for employees. Some employers are looking to high school students, retired men and women, and even felons, to meet labor shortages.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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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#21. Ohio

- Net change in employment: 1.2% (71,001 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 5.8 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.4% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 4.2%, 242,886 people unemployed)

Unemployment also is rising in Ohio. Job losses have been felt most prominently in the construction, government, and manufacturing sectors.

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#20. Missouri

- Net change in employment: 1.2% (37,813 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 3.1 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.1%, 95,090 people unemployed)

Missouri’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in 20 years. The resulting labor shortage has forced employers to hire less-skilled workers, and incentivized businesses to provide training.

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#19. Florida

- Net change in employment: 1.3% (129,629 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 10.4 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.2%, 335,980 people unemployed)

Unemployment is down in Florida. The state’s strongest sectors for employment have been health care and education services, followed by business and professional services.

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#18. Minnesota

- Net change in employment: 1.3% (41,234 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 3.1 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: -0.3% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.2%, 101,249 people unemployed)

Unemployment in Minnesota is so low that recruiters are having trouble finding enough qualified people to fill open positions. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is seeking ways to help people who are out of the workforce transition back into it to help expand the pool of available workers.

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#17. South Dakota

- Net change in employment: 1.5% (7,025 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 467,957 jobs
- Net change in unemployment: -0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.0%, 13,960 people unemployed)

Skilled workers are in high demand in South Dakota. The state’s unemployment rate for August was about 3%; jobs in high-skill fields like technology are more likely to be unfulfilled.

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#16. Utah

- Net change in employment: 1.6% (25,897 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 1.6 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.5% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 2.7%, 43,366 people unemployed)

Utah has a claim to economic fame in 2019. Salt Lake City has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, with a rate of only 2% in September 2019.

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#15. West Virginia

- Net change in employment: 1.7% (13,503 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 798,077 jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.4% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 4.7%, 37,132 people unemployed)

West Virginia’s unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation. Jobs in the state do exist, but finding workers qualified to fill them is a key issue. It has spurred a spate of initiatives to try to address the problem, including workforce training.

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#14. Virginia

- Net change in employment: 1.7% (75,540 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 4.4 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 2.7%, 119,019 people unemployed)

Some good news for Virginia job seekers: the state’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in 18 years. The state is tied for the third-lowest unemployment rate in the country.

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#13. Nebraska

- Net change in employment: 1.8% (18,253 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 1 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: -0.3% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.1%, 32,209 people unemployed)

With unemployment around 3%, it might seem that local companies are in good health. However, many companies in the state cannot find workers to fill vacant positions, with some firms turning to local high schools to find ready recruits to train.

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#12. Maryland

- Net change in employment: 1.9% (61,330 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 3.3 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: 0% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.7%, 120,956 people unemployed)

Job growth in Maryland is booming. The state added 10,100 jobs in September, most notably in health care, education, and the government.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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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#1. Tennessee

- Net change in employment: 3.2% (105,351 jobs gained)
- Sept. 2019 employment: 3.4 million jobs
- Net change in unemployment: -0.1% (Sept. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.4%, 115,816 people unemployed)

It’s a job seeker's market in most Tennessee counties. In September 2019, unemployment rates dropped in 90 of the state’s 95 counties.

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