State employment in the U.S. 2018

This table ranks the 51 states of the United States by their number of employed persons in 2018. In 2018, California had the highest number of employed people in the United States with about 18.58 million.

Number of employed persons in the U.S. in 2018, by state

StateNumber of employed persons in thousands
California 18,583
Texas 13,314
Florida 9,870
New York 9,181
Illinois 6,191
Pennsylvania 6,149
Ohio 5,492
Georgia 4,906
North Carolina 4,787
Michigan 4,699
New Jersey 4,240
Virginia 4,203
Massachusetts 3,678
Washington 3,622
Arizona 3,274
Indiana 3,266
Tennessee 3,132
Maryland 3,072
Wisconsin 3,039
Colorado 2,995
Minnesota 2,981
Missouri 2,955
South Carolina 2,244
Alabama 2,112
Oregon 2,017
Louisiana 2,001
Kentucky 1,972
Connecticut 1,827
Oklahoma 1,779
Iowa 1,644
Utah 1,523
Nevada 1,432
Kansas 1,432
Arkansas 1,301
Mississippi 1,215
Nebraska 992
New Mexico 894
Idaho 833
New Hampshire 743
West Virginia 742
Maine 675
Hawaii 662
Rhode Island 533
Montana 509
Delaware 464
South Dakota 446
North Dakota 394
District of Columbia 382
Vermont 337
Alaska 333
Wyoming 278
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Source

Release date

February 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Age group

16 years and older

Supplementary notes

Data refer to place of residence.

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