Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) released its monthly state-by-state report today, showing that the recovery, while uneven from state to state and across different sectors, continued in August, with seventeen states experiencing private sector job growth during the month.
In August, twenty-three states added manufacturing jobs, twenty-four states added jobs in the professional and business services sector, and twenty-three states and the District of Columbia added jobs in leisure and hospitality.
“Despite Republican rhetoric, this report shows that we are making progress,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Chair of the JEC. “After punishing job losses during the Great Recession, most states have experienced a net increase in private sector jobs this year. Many states continue to make gains in key sectors, such as manufacturing and professional and business services. However, it will take time to recover from the lost decade of the 2000s and for American families to regain the economic security they felt during the economic expansion of the 1990s.”
Since the start of 2010, additional highlights include:
- Forty-three states and the District of Columbia experienced a net increase in private sector jobs in 2010.
- Seven states have added more than 10,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector so far in 2010 – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin. Texas has added over 20,000 manufacturing jobs to date.
- Ten states have added more than 10,000 jobs in the professional and business services sector – California, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. Indiana and New York have added over 20,000 jobs, California has added over 30,000 jobs, and Texas has added nearly 50,000 jobs to date in 2010.
The report, entitled “Understanding the Economy: State-by-State Snapshots,” features key economic statistics for each state. The report is the ninth edition released by the JEC and uses recently released state-level data to explain how the economic recovery is unfolding in each state.
The Joint Economic Committee,
established under the Employment Act of 1946, was created by Congress to review
economic conditions and to analyze the effectiveness of economic policy.