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May 2019

Washington job gains in March tops all states

May 6, 2019

Washington added 27,900 nonfarm jobs in March, the largest gain of any state, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Evergreen State also claimed top spot for gains in employees in the construction sector by adding 14,800 jobs.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment in March rose 1.7 percent year-over-year (YoY) with the addition of 2.5 million jobs, according to BLS. Employment in this sector increased in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Sixteen states reported drops while Montana remained unchanged.

In the construction sector, which includes both residential and non-residential construction, among 48 states that reported jobs data, 27 of them reported jobs data had an increase in March, 18 states reported a decline, and three state were unchanged when compared with February.

Year-over-year, employment in the construction sector rose 3.4 percent compared to March, as the U.S added 246,000 such jobs during the month.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 30 states and the District of Columbia, decreased in 16 states in March 2019 compared to February 2019, and was unchanged in Montana.

Year-over-year, ending in March, all but three states increased in employment, led by Texas which added 271,000 workers. The smallest gain, with only 200 jobs added came from Nebraska. Rhode Island was the lone state with a decline, losing 1,000 payroll jobs.