Largest industries by state, 1990–2013

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Editor’s Desk July 28, 2014

In 1990, the manufacturing industry was the leading employer in most U.S. states, followed by retail trade. In 2003, retail trade was the leading employer in a majority of states. By 2013, health care and social assistance was the dominant industry in 34 states. This animated map shows the top industry in each state and the District of Columbia from 1990 to 2013.