The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its regional and state employment numbers for August. The state with the most net new manufacturing jobs was New York, adding 5,000 workers in the month. New York also led all other states in month-over-month total non-farm employment increases as well.
Beyond New York, the other top five states with manufacturing employment gains in August were California (up 3,300), Michigan (up 3,200), Indiana (up 3,000), and Texas (up 2,600). Over the course of the past 12 months, states with the greatest increases in manufacturing jobs year-over-year included Michigan (up 17,900), Tennessee (up 5,200), Iowa and North Carolina (both up 4,400), and Oregon (up 4,100).
Nationally, Nevada continued to maintain the highest rate of unemployment at 9.5 percent, next was Illinois at 9.2 percent. North and South Dakota maintained the nation’s lowest unemployment rates at 3.0 percent and 3.8 percent respectively, well below the national average of 7.3 percent.