KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Florida, Texas, and the Mountain West states are expected to realize the highest rates of employment growth for 2018, at or above 2.6%
  • Many states experienced annual wage growth above 3.1% during 2018; states where wages grew more slowly are mainly concentrated in the Midwest and Southeast, as well as New York and its surrounding states
  • State employment growth above the national average usually indicates employment growth across all economic sectors, not growth concentrated in specific sectors
  • Nationally and for most states, Professional and Business Services is the single most impactful sector for driving wage growth

EMPLOYMENT AND WAGE GROWTH BY STATE AND ECONOMIC SECTOR