March Hiring Surge Spanned The Country
By Danny Dougherty and Eric Morath
Hiring increased in 49 states across the country in March, with
large states such as California, Texas and New York adding the most
California added 119,600 last month, Texas added 99,000 and New
York employment rose 63,700, the Labor Department said Friday.
Alaska was the only state to shed jobs, losing about 200. Still,
labor-market performance is uneven across the states, as some dealt
with increases in infections while others have more fully reopened
as vaccinations accelerated.
The broader jobs rebound -- employers added 916,000 jobs in
March, or a 0.6% increase -- gained momentum as more people were
vaccinated against Covid-19, many states lifted restrictions on
business activity, and consumer activity perked up, pushed by
government stimulus measures, growing confidence and warmer
The largest job gains, on a percentage basis, in March occurred
in New Mexico, 1.3%, Oregon 1.1% and Hawaii, 1%. Texas employment
rose 0.8%, and California and New York rose 0.7%, all faster than
the national average.
The gains show some of the regions hardest hit by the pandemic
are starting to see a rebound, including areas with higher
concentrations of businesses providing in-person services, such as
hotels, entertainment venues and restaurants.
Still, Hawaii had 16% fewer jobs in March than a year earlier
and New York had 9.1% less.
States that had relatively fewer pandemic-related restrictions,
are less densely populated or have fewer tourism-related jobs
tended to have more resilient labor markets in the past year.
Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, and Vermont all tied for the nation's
lowest unemployment rate, 2.9% each in March.
Those states lost a smaller share of jobs during the pandemic,
but job growth last month was slower than in California and New
York, according to the Labor Department. Utah and Idaho are the
only two states to have fully recovered all jobs lost during the
The overall U.S. unemployment rate was 6% in March. The Labor
Department's report with state-level details is released about two
weeks after the national report.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
April 16, 2021 11:08 ET (15:08 GMT)
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