According to September’s Regional Jobs Report, the unemployment rate was significantly lower or stable in forty-nine states and the District of Columbia. Regional unemployment rates were on par with the national average with the exception of the Midwest, whose rate was 0.4 percent lower than the national unemployment rate.
Tech Sector Stays Strong, Continues to Add Jobs
The tech sector continues to maintain a lower unemployment rate than the national average (3.2 percent in the tech sector vs. 5.0 percent for the national unemployment rate). This strength is especially evident in job creation.
These are states that added the most IT jobs in September:
- Minnesota: +10,500 IT jobs added
- New Jersey: +8,800 IT jobs added
- Georgia: +7,300 IT jobs added
- Pennsylvania: +6,700 IT jobs added
- Kentucky: +6,200 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:
- California: +92,000 IT jobs added and +379,700 total jobs added since September 2015
- Florida: +59,400 IT jobs added and +276,300 total jobs added since September 2015
- Texas: +30,300 IT jobs added and +206,800 total jobs added since September 2015
- Virginia: +27,800 IT jobs added and +81,100 total jobs added since September 2015
- Georgia: +27,100 IT jobs added and +118,700 total jobs added since September 2015
Texas, California Add Most Jobs in September
Forty nine states and the District of Columbia saw an improvement or remained stagnant in their unemployment rates compared with August. Texas and California saw the most job growth, adding 38,300 and 30,000 employees to nonfarm payrolls.
Three regions saw year-over-year improvements in unemployment rate. Here’s a snapshot of September’s regional unemployment figures:
- Midwest: 4.6% (+0.1% from August to September, -0.1% year-over-year)
- Northeast: 4.9% (0% from August to September, 0% year-over-year)
- South: 4.8% (+0.1% from August to September, -0.3% year-over-year)
- West: 5.2% (-0.1% from August to September, -0.4% year-over-year)