Number of employed persons in the U.S. in 2017, by state (in 1,000)

State employment in the U.S. in 2017 This table ranks the 51 states of the United States by their number of employed persons in 2017. In 2017, California had the highest number of employed people in the United States with about 18.39 million.
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StateNumber of employed persons in 1,000
California 18,393
Texas 12,961
Florida 9,681
New York 9,249
Illinois 6,171
Pennsylvania 6,112
Ohio 5,491
Georgia 4,822
North Carolina 4,717
Michigan 4,657
New Jersey 4,310
Virginia 4,146
Washington 3,547
Massachusetts 3,521
Indiana 3,203
Arizona 3,151
Maryland 3,086
Tennessee 3,080
Wisconsin 3,048
Minnesota 2,958
Missouri 2,936
Colorado 2,907
South Carolina 2,214
Alabama 2,073
Oregon 2,017
Louisiana 2,004
Kentucky 1,952
Connecticut 1,829
Oklahoma 1,756
Iowa 1,626
Utah 1,510
Kansas 1,425
Nevada 1,389
Arkansas 1,304
Mississippi 1,215
Nebraska 977
New Mexico 872
Idaho 807
West Virginia 738
New Hampshire 727
Maine 677
Hawaii 669
Rhode Island 530
Montana 504
Delaware 455
South Dakota 440
North Dakota 404
District of Columbia 377
Alaska 337
Vermont 334
Wyoming 281
StateNumber of employed persons in 1,000
California 18,393
Texas 12,961
Florida 9,681
New York 9,249
Illinois 6,171
Pennsylvania 6,112
Ohio 5,491
Georgia 4,822
North Carolina 4,717
Michigan 4,657
New Jersey 4,310
Virginia 4,146
Washington 3,547
Massachusetts 3,521
Indiana 3,203
Arizona 3,151
Maryland 3,086
Tennessee 3,080
Wisconsin 3,048
Minnesota 2,958
Missouri 2,936
Colorado 2,907
South Carolina 2,214
Alabama 2,073
Oregon 2,017
Louisiana 2,004
Kentucky 1,952
Connecticut 1,829
Oklahoma 1,756
Iowa 1,626
Utah 1,510
Kansas 1,425
Nevada 1,389
Arkansas 1,304
Mississippi 1,215
Nebraska 977
New Mexico 872
Idaho 807
West Virginia 738
New Hampshire 727
Maine 677
Hawaii 669
Rhode Island 530
Montana 504
Delaware 455
South Dakota 440
North Dakota 404
District of Columbia 377
Alaska 337
Vermont 334
Wyoming 281
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This table ranks the 51 states of the United States by their number of employed persons in 2017. In 2017, California had the highest number of employed people in the United States with about 18.39 million.
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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.

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