California gained the most total jobs of all states from 2010 to 2013 and from 2012 to 2013. But it also overwhelmingly has the largest population of any state, an estimated 38 million residents. So where does it stand in per-capita job growth?
Our new data (EMSI Complete 2011.3) shows a continuation of the recent growth trend in the manufacturing sector, and we show manufacturing growth by state. But other data indicates that it might be too early to start celebrating.
In this spotlight, we look at the states with the highest proportion of non-covered — or 1099 — workers, according to 2011 EMSI employment estimates. Not all jobs included in this breakdown are occupied by proprietors. Nonetheless, this is perhaps one unscientific way of measuring entrepreneurship activity by state.
Just how bad is the job outlook for lawyers? According to our quick analysis, every state but Wisconsin, Washington, D.C., and Nebraska produced more — in some cases, far more — bar exam passers in 2009 than estimated annual openings for lawyers in those states.
From Appalachia to Alaska, the growth is eye-popping. Thousands of new jobs have sprouted up, most well-paying and all boons to their regions. There’s no denying oil and gas extraction jobs are on the rise, and not just in Texas and Oklahoma.
Author and professor Joel Kotkin has a column in today’s Wall Street Journal on why North Dakota’s economy “sticks out like a diamond in a bowl of cherry pits,” to use the words of the Minneapolis Fed’s Ron Wirtz.