From March 2016 to March 2017, employment increased in 299 of the 346 counties with 75,000 or more jobs. Among these large counties, York, South Carolina, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase (+6.8 percent), followed by Davis, Utah (+4.9 percent); and Williamson, Tennessee (+4.6 percent). The national job growth rate was 1.6 percent over the same period.
Employment declined in 39 of the largest counties over the year ending March 2017. Kanawha, West Virginia, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest counties (–2.7 percent), followed by Lafayette, Louisiana (–2.3 percent), Anchorage, Alaska (–1.7 percent), and Oklahoma County, Oklahoma (–1.5 percent).