JEC Releases April 2011 State-by-State Economic Snapshots
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee
(JEC) released the April
2011 edition of its state-by-state snapshots which detail each individual
state’s economic progress for the previous month. The report shows that national economic
progress is translating to individual states and that progress continues in
March, with thirty-six states experiencing private sector job growth during the
“This report highlights progress in creating private sector jobs and reducing unemployment and tracks the employment gains in key sectors, including manufacturing and professional and business services,” said Senator Bob Casey, Chairman of the JEC. “The unemployment rate has fallen below 9 percent and we have added private sector jobs for the last 13 months. It is encouraging that economic indicators point toward a nation-wide economic recovery, but we must continue to focus on policies that will create jobs.”
Other highlights include:
- Thirty-six states added private sector jobs in March. Texas’s private sector saw the largest expansion in March, adding 36,400 jobs. Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Kentucky all added over 10,000 private sector jobs in March.
- The manufacturing sector expanded in 29 states in March. The U.S. has added nearly 200,000 manufacturing jobs since March 2010, with expansions in manufacturing employment in 34 states.
The report, entitled “Understanding the Economy: State-by-State Snapshots,” features key economic statistics for each state. The report is the fourth edition of 2011 released by the Chairman of 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