KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • National employment is projected to have grown 1.7% in 2019, slightly below the 1.9% rate in 2018
  • Highest employment growth in 2019 is expected in Florida, Texas, and several Western states
  • Wages are projected to have grown 4.0% in 2019, up from 3.4% in 2018, but more slowly in the Midwest than other regions
  • Since 2011, virtually all employment growth in the important Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector has come in Transportation and Warehousing, the subsector with the highest injury frequency
  • For the past several years, wages have grown faster for low-wage workers than for high-wage workers

EMPLOYMENT AND WAGE GROWTH BY STATE AND ECONOMIC SECTOR