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Table 5
Growth in FIRE Sector Employment, 1998
Rank State Amt.   Rank State Amt.
1 South Dakota 10.4% 27 New Jersey 2.7%
2 Nevada 7.9% 28 Massachusetts 2.6%
3 North Carolina 6.3% 29 Indiana 2.6%
4 Oklahoma 6.2% 30 Delaware 2.5%
5 Georgia 6.2% 31 Alaska 2.5%
6 Minnesota 6.2% 32 Kansas 2.5%
7 Utah 6.2% 33 Vermont 2.4%
8 Arizona 5.9% 34 Ohio 2.3%
9 South Carolina 5.9% 35 New Mexico 1.9%
10 Washington 5.8% 36 Alabama 1.8%
11 Rhode Island 5.8% 37 West Virginia 1.8%
12 Texas 5.7% 38 NEW YORK 1.6%
13 Florida 5.3% 39 Pennsylvania 1.4%
14 Wyoming 4.9% 40 New Hampshire 1.3%
15 Nebraska 4.8% 41 Illinois 1.2%
16 Maine 4.5% 42 Michigan 0.8%
17 Colorado 4.4% 43 Maryland 0.8%
18 California 4.3% 44 Arkansas 0.7%
19 North Dakota 3.9% 45 Louisiana 0.3%
20 Missouri 3.8% 46 Oregon 0.3%
21 Connecticut 3.8% 47 Kentucky 0.1%
22 Tennessee 3.7% 48 Mississippi -0.5%
23 Iowa 3.6% 49 Hawaii -2.5%
24 Virginia 3.5% 50 Idaho -10.3%
25 Wisconsin 3.1% U.S. average 3.7%
26 Montana 3.0%   N.Y.S. % of U.S. avg. 43.2%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 1997-December 1998
From 1988 through 1996, New York lost 82,000 jobs in this
key sector, while the rest of the nation gained more than 300,000.

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