U.S. Labor Department data released Friday shows payroll employment climbed in 30 states last month after the most recent jobs report exceeded many analysts’ expectations.

Only a handful of states added more than 10,000 jobs for the month, led by Texas (+33,100) and New York (+25,300). Most states didn’t experience any major swings in employment, and only Minnesota and Wisconsin recorded significant month-over-month job losses.

Over the first four months of the year, though, a few states have enjoyed notable job gains.

The most populous states (as is typically the case) added the most total jobs. Texas saw its payrolls expand by an estimated 121,300 so far this year, while Colorado (+26,900), Utah (+19,900) and Washington state (+31,900) have also fared particularly well, registering the largest percentage increases in payroll employment.

Here’s a table with seasonally-adjusted nonfarm payroll employment, comparing the preliminary data just released to each state's totals for December.

       
State Change since 12/2012 March-April Jobs gained/lost April 2013 Jobs
Texas 121,300 33,100 11,146,000
California 77,200 10,300 14,602,200
Florida 63,300 17,000 7,515,400
New York 57,800 25,300 8,904,700
Washington 31,900 3,800 2,917,200
Georgia 28,200 4,300 4,016,800
Michigan 27,900 -4,500 4,056,800
Colorado 26,900 11,600 2,362,700
North Carolina 22,300 6,100 4,054,600
Virginia 20,100 12,100 3,765,900
Utah 19,900 -1,600 1,286,100
New Jersey 18,100 3,300 3,950,300
Tennessee 17,600 4,500 2,757,300
Oregon 17,000 3,700 1,660,800
Maryland 13,700 -6,200 2,602,900
Massachusetts 12,900 -1,400 3,312,000
Mississippi 11,100 2,700 1,119,300
Pennsylvania 10,400 6,700 5,753,000
Connecticut 9,600 6,300 1,649,300
Minnesota 8,700 -11,400 2,760,600
Arkansas 8,400 4,500 1,189,300
Ohio 8,200 7,600 5,183,200
Alabama 8,000 3,200 1,892,500
Oklahoma 6,800 1,800 1,624,800
Arizona 6,500 -1,100 2,494,800
Idaho 5,800 700 634,900
South Carolina 5,000 3,100 1,881,500
Indiana 4,600 4,400 2,928,300
Missouri 4,600 12,100 2,692,500
Maine 3,700 -400 597,400
West Virginia 3,300 -100 769,500
New Mexico 3,300 2,200 810,500
Nevada 3,200 5,600 1,161,900
New Hampshire 3,100 -400 638,400
Delaware 2,900 -300 424,400
Illinois 2,600 -2,000 5,775,500
South Dakota 2,600 -900 418,500
North Dakota 2,500 0 441,200
Iowa 2,300 0 1,518,000
Rhode Island 1,800 500 467,400
Wyoming 1,100 -600 289,900
Hawaii 1,000 3,000 612,600
Nebraska 400 -3,300 962,000
Kansas 300 -1,700 1,366,200
Vermont 200 -100 306,300
Alaska -200 100 335,200
Montana -400 -100 445,200
Kentucky -500 3,200 1,836,200
Louisiana -1,700 700 1,943,700
Wisconsin -14,300 -24,100 2,781,700

 


Unemployment rates similarly dropped in 40 states and the District of Columbia last month, while only three states recorded increases. Nevada still has the nation’s highest rate (9.6 percent) followed by Illinois and Mississippi.