The unemployment rate was significantly lower or stable in forty-nine states and the District of Columbia, according to the December Regional Jobs Report. No region’s unemployment rate was significantly different from the U.S. rate of 4.7 percent.
Top Tech Job Growth in New York, Ohio in December
New states took the lead in tech job growth in December, with New York and Ohio leading the growth.
These are states that added the most IT jobs in December:
- New York: +7,100 IT jobs added
- Ohio: +5,900 IT jobs added
- Georgia: +5,400 IT jobs added
- Virginia: +4,200 IT jobs added
- Arizona: +4,100 IT jobs added
These are the states with the greatest year-over-year growth in IT jobs and their overall year-over-year job growth:
- Florida: +46,200 IT jobs added and +251,400 total jobs added since December 2015
- California: +40,900 IT jobs added and +332,500 total jobs added since December 2015
- Georgia: +31,900 IT jobs added and +103,300 total jobs added since December 2015
- Illinois: +31,600 IT jobs added and +28,400 total jobs added since December 2015
- Texas: +27,700 IT jobs added and +210,200 total jobs added since December 2015
Virginia, Minnesota Add Most Jobs in December
Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia saw an improvement or remained stagnant in nonfarm payroll employment compared to December. New Hampshire had the lowest unemployment rate in December at 2.6 percent each, with Massachusetts and South Dakota close behind at 2.8 percent. Virginia and Minnesota added the most jobs with 14,100 and 11,900 respectively.
Three regions saw year-over-year improvements in unemployment rate. Here’s a snapshot of December’s regional unemployment figures:
- Midwest: 4.7% (0% from November to December, 0% year-over-year)
- Northeast: 4.7% (-0.1% from November to December, -0.1% year-over-year)
- South: 4.9% (0% from November to December, -0.3% year-over-year)
- West: 4.9% (-0.1% from November to December, -0.6% year-over-year)