(The Center Square) – Texas, once again, led the United States in job creation in August over the year, according to newly released Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“During the year, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 32 states and remained virtually unchanged in 18 states and the District of Columbia,” the BLS reported Tuesday. The three most populous states saw the strongest job gains during the year.
Texas reported the most significant increase of more than 402,000 new jobs created between August 2022 and August 2023. California reported the second highest number of more than 335,200 jobs created; Florida comes in third with more than 270,300 jobs created.
The states that reported the largest percentage increase in jobs created were Nevada (3.9%), Texas (3%), and Florida (2.8%).
In response to this news, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “Texas is once again leading the nation, creating more jobs over the past 12 months than any other state. Meeting the needs of Texas employers by providing a pipeline of qualified workers is critical to ensuring expanded economic opportunities in communities across the state. That’s why Texas continues to make significant investments in education, innovation and workforce development.
BLS announcement comes after Texas in August broken again its own employment records and exceeded the national employment growth rate for twelve consecutive months. Each month, Texas breaks its previous monthly record for having the most total jobs, the most employed Texans, and the largest total workforce size in Texas history.
In response to August’s record highs, Governor Abbott said, “Texas continues to create jobs at a faster rate than the nation thanks to our welcoming business climate, hardworking entrepreneurs and the strength of our hand.” -young, qualified, diverse and growing workforce. .”
In August, “nonfarm payroll employment increased in 5 states, decreased in 3 states, and was virtually unchanged in 42 states and the District of Columbia,” the BLS reported.
In August, the states with the highest job gains were North Carolina (+17,500), Massachusetts (+15,400) and Maryland (+12,400). States with the largest employment gains by percentage increase were Montana (+0.7 percent), Nevada (+0.6 percent), and Maryland (+0.5 percent) . States reporting job losses were Missouri (-13,700), Mississippi (-6,400) and Hawaii (-4,800).