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

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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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