Key election states see record high job gains
In a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released last week, numbers show Florida, Texas and Ohio had record high job gains from September 2017 to September 2018. Ohio saw the largest increase for its state in 21 years and Pennsylvania saw the largest increase in 18 years. Thirty-seven states saw increases in jobs, which is a great sign for the overall economy.
Ohio and Pennsylvania—sometimes considered part of the nation’s “Rust Belt”—also saw significant job gains from September 2017 to September 2018, with Ohio showing the largest increase for its state in 21 years and Pennsylvania showing the largest increase in 18 years.
“Thirty-seven states had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in September,” BLS said in its state employment report. “The largest job gains occurred in Florida (+407,300), Texas (+406,400), and California (+339,600). The largest percentage gain occurred in Florida (+4.8 percent), followed by Utah (+3.6 percent) and Texas (+3.3 percent).
The unemployment rate in Florida was 3.5 percent. In Texas, it was 3.8 percent. In California, it was 4.1 percent.
Florida’s jobs grew 4.8 percent during the latest September-to-September period. Texas’s jobs grew 3.3 percent. California’s jobs grew 2.0 percent.
In Florida, the number of nonfarm jobs rose from 8,435,100 in September 2017 to 8,842,400 in September 2018—accounting for the record 407,300 increase.
From September 2016 to September 2017, the number of jobs in Florida actually declined by 19,100, according to BLS, which has posted historical employment data for Florida going back to 1990. Prior to fiscal 2018, the largest September-to-September jobs increase on record in Florida took place in 2005, when the state added 389,000 jobs.
In Texas, the number of jobs rose from 12,232,100 in September 2017 to 12,638,500 in September 2018—accounting for the record 406,400 increase.
For states like Florida, California, and Texas, this is great news especially since there are key races that not only determine the fate of a GOP majority, but also the fate of the states’ progress going forward. TPPCF has endorsed Sean Flynn for California congressional district 31, Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, and Ted Cruz for Senate in Texas – all of who are a part of the key races in states that are seeing progress under conservative leadership.