Registered nurses employment and wages by state and metropolitan area

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, TED: The Economics Daily, August 19, 2015

In May 2014, there were 2,687,310 employed registered nurses in the United States, more than any other healthcare occupation. Nationwide, registered nurses accounted for nearly 2 of out every 100 employed persons. Some metropolitan areas have a higher concentration of employment in this occupation than other areas. We measure this concentration with the location quotient. A location quotient greater than 1 means the occupation has a higher share of area employment than the national average….