Nonfarm employment increases

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Total nonfarm employment increased in 38 states and the District of Columbia during November.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that compared to November 2006, nonfarm employment decreased in 10 states and was unchanged in two. Employment increased everywhere except in Ohio, minus 0.2 percent, and Michigan, minus 1.8 percent.

The biggest year-over-year percentage gains were in Utah, 4.3 percent; Wyoming, 3.6 percent, Montana, 3.3 percent, Louisiana, 2.2 percent, and Colorado, 2 percent.

Year-over-year, national employment was up 1.1 percent and construction was down 1.6 percent.

Seasonally adjusted construction employment increased during November in only 20 states, fell in 17 and was unchanged (or within 100 of the October level) in 13 plus D.C.