State civilian labor force in the U.S. in 2017 (in 1,000)

State civilian labor force in the U.S. in 2017 This table ranks the 51 states of the United States by their civilian labor force in 2017. In 2017, California had the largest civilian labor force in the United States with about 19.31 million people.
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StateCivilian labor force in 1,000
California 19,312
Texas 13,538
Florida 10,100
New York 9,705
Illinois 6,493
Pennsylvania 6,427
Ohio 5,780
Georgia 5,061
North Carolina 4,942
Michigan 4,884
New Jersey 4,519
Virginia 4,308
Washington 3,725
Massachusetts 3,657
Indiana 3,320
Arizona 3,313
Maryland 3,219
Tennessee 3,199
Wisconsin 3,152
Minnesota 3,064
Missouri 3,051
Colorado 2,992
South Carolina 2,313
Alabama 2,168
Louisiana 2,112
Oregon 2,104
Kentucky 2,052
Connecticut 1,919
Oklahoma 1,834
Iowa 1,679
Utah 1,561
Kansas 1,485
Nevada 1,463
Arkansas 1,354
Mississippi 1,280
Nebraska 1,007
New Mexico 930
Idaho 833
West Virginia 779
New Hampshire 747
Maine 700
Hawaii 685
Rhode Island 555
Montana 525
Delaware 477
South Dakota 455
North Dakota 414
District of Columbia 401
Alaska 363
Vermont 345
Wyoming 293
StateCivilian labor force in 1,000
California 19,312
Texas 13,538
Florida 10,100
New York 9,705
Illinois 6,493
Pennsylvania 6,427
Ohio 5,780
Georgia 5,061
North Carolina 4,942
Michigan 4,884
New Jersey 4,519
Virginia 4,308
Washington 3,725
Massachusetts 3,657
Indiana 3,320
Arizona 3,313
Maryland 3,219
Tennessee 3,199
Wisconsin 3,152
Minnesota 3,064
Missouri 3,051
Colorado 2,992
South Carolina 2,313
Alabama 2,168
Louisiana 2,112
Oregon 2,104
Kentucky 2,052
Connecticut 1,919
Oklahoma 1,834
Iowa 1,679
Utah 1,561
Kansas 1,485
Nevada 1,463
Arkansas 1,354
Mississippi 1,280
Nebraska 1,007
New Mexico 930
Idaho 833
West Virginia 779
New Hampshire 747
Maine 700
Hawaii 685
Rhode Island 555
Montana 525
Delaware 477
South Dakota 455
North Dakota 414
District of Columbia 401
Alaska 363
Vermont 345
Wyoming 293
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This table ranks the 51 states of the United States by their civilian labor force in 2017. In 2017, California had the largest civilian labor force in the United States with about 19.31 million people.
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Release date
February 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2017
Age group
16 years and older
Supplementary notes
Data refer to place of residence.
The term "civilian male labor force" is used by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to describe the subset of Americans who have jobs or are seeking a job, are at least 16 years old, are not serving in the military and are not institutionalized. In other words, all Americans who are eligible to work in the everyday U.S. economy.

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