Indiana created the most net new manufacturing jobs in December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, adding 4,700 workers in the month. Ohio (up 3,500), Iowa (up 3,300), California (up 3,000), Oregon (up 2,400), Washington (up 2,400) and Arizona (up 2,300) also topped the list of manufacturing employment gains in December. In addition, Texas saw the greatest job gains in the sector in 2017, with manufacturing employment in the state up 36,300 since December 2016. Other states with the fastest manufacturing job growth year-over-year included Florida (up 16,200), Iowa (up 11,700), Wisconsin (up 11,500), Ohio (up 10,200) and South Carolina (up 9,300).
The national unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in December, continuing to be at its lowest level since December 2000. Hawaii (2.0 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), Nebraska (2.7 percent), Iowa (2.8 percent), Vermont (2.8 percent) and Idaho (2.9 percent). In contrast, Alaska (7.3 percent), the District of Columbia (6.0 percent) and New Mexico (6.0 percent) had the highest unemployment rates.