South Carolina created the most net new manufacturing jobs in January, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, adding 3,100 workers in the month. Texas (up 2,400), California (up 2,100), Wisconsin (up 2,000) and Iowa (up 1,300) also topped the list of manufacturing employment gains in January. In addition, Illinois saw the greatest job gains in the sector over the past 12 months, with manufacturing employment in the state up 20,200 since January 2017. Other states with the fastest manufacturing job growth year-over-year included Texas (up 18,700), Iowa (up 11,000), Wisconsin (up 9,000), Arizona (up 7,800), Ohio (up 7,600) and South Carolina (up 7,200).
The national unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in January, continuing to be at its lowest level since December 2000. Hawaii (2.1 percent) had the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Several states were not far behind, including New Hampshire (2.6 percent), North Dakota (2.6 percent), Iowa (2.9 percent), Nebraska (2.9 percent) and Vermont (2.9 percent). In contrast, Alaska (7.3 percent), New Mexico (5.9 percent), the District of Columbia (5.8 percent) and West Virginia (5.4 percent) had the highest unemployment rates.