Here’s the most disproportionately popular job in every state

Some jobs are way more prevalent in some states than they are in the US as a whole.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program provides not only wage and overall employment data at the national and state level, but also a measure of how concentrated specific occupations are in specific states. BLS writes that this measure, called the location quotient, is "the ratio of an occupation’s share of employment in a given area to that occupation’s share of employment in the US as a whole."

To get a sense of what that means let’s look at an example from California. There are 200,130 farmworkers and laborers out of 16,430,660 workers in this state as of May 2020, the most recently available data. This means roughly 122 out of every 10,000 workers in the state are farmworkers and laborers. And 293,910 of the 139,099,570 workers nationwide are farmworkers and laborers, or roughly 21 for every 10,000 workers in the US.

Taking the ratio of these two numbers, 122 to 21, you get a location quotient of about 5.8. Among jobs with at least 1,000 employees in California as of May 2020, farmworkers and laborers have the largest location quotient. That means this job makes up a larger share of people working in this job in the state than in the US. 

The above map shows the most disproportionately popular jobs in every state and DC. These jobs are the ones with the largest location quotients among jobs with at least 1,000 employees in that state or DC. You can hover over each state to see the location quotient for that job as well as the average salary as of May 2020.

Below is the job in each state and DC with the highest location quotient among occupations with at 1,000 employees as of May 2020. We included the number of workers for that job and the number of workers per 1,000 workers in the state and DC.

ALABAMA: Logging equipment operators

Number employed: 2,220

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.17

ALASKA: Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

Number employed: 1,370

Employment per 1,000 workers: 4.64

ARIZONA: Auto damage insurance appraisers

Number employed: 1,280

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.45

ARKANSAS: Food processing workers (all other)

Number employed: 2,760

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.34

CALIFORNIA: Farmworkers and laborers

Number employed: 200,130

Employment per 1,000 workers: 12.18

COLORADO: Real estate brokers

Number employed: 3,920

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.52

CONNECTICUT: Actuaries

Number employed: 1,240

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.81

DELAWARE: Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

Number employed: 5,240

Employment per 1,000 workers: 12.29

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Political scientists

Number employed: 3,330

Employment per 1,000 workers: 4.85

FLORIDA: Ship engineers

Number employed: 1,490

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.18

GEORGIA: Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders

Number employed: 8,960

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.08

HAWAII: Passenger attendants

Number employed: 1,100

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.92

IDAHO: Forest and conservation technicians

Number employed: 2,050

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.86

ILLINOIS: Occupational therapy aides

Number employed: 1,480

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.26

INDIANA: Fiberglass laminators and fabricators

Number employed: 2,170

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.74

IOWA: Slaughterers and meat packers

Number employed: 5,980

Employment per 1,000 workers: 4.07

KANSAS: Conveyor operators and tenders

Number employed: 1,090

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.82

KENTUCKY: Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders

Number employed: 1,680

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.94

LOUISIANA: Sailors and marine oilers

Number employed: 6,720

Employment per 1,000 workers: 3.73

MAINE: Logging equipment operators

Number employed: 1,070

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.86

MARYLAND: Acupuncturists and all other healthcare diagnosing or treating practitioners

Number employed: 5,440

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.16

MASSACHUSETTS: Biochemists and biophysicists

Number employed: 4,540

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.36

MICHIGAN: Engine and other machine assemblers

Number employed: 7,850

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.00

MINNESOTA: Gambling and sports book writers and runners

Number employed: 1,230

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.46

MISSISSIPPI: Upholsterers

Number employed: 2,390

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.22

MISSOURI: Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants

Number employed: 1,010

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.38

MONTANA: Forest and conservation technicians

Number employed: 1,980

Employment per 1,000 workers: 4.35

NEBRASKA: Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

Number employed: 7,960

Employment per 1,000 workers: 8.44

NEVADA: Gambling service workers (all other)

Number employed: 2,240

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.79

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Short order cooks

Number employed: 2,440

Employment per 1,000 workers: 3.94

NEW JERSEY: Biochemists and biophysicists

Number employed: 4,410

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.17

NEW MEXICO: Physicists

Number employed: 1,920

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.45

NEW YORK: Transit and railroad police

Number employed: 1,600

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.18

NORTH CAROLINA: Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

Number employed: 1,630

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.38

NORTH DAKOTA: Wellhead pumpers

Number employed: 1,200

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.99

OHIO: Foundry mold and coremakers

Number employed: 3,610

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.70

OKLAHOMA: Gambling surveillance officers and gambling investigators

Number employed: 1,370

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.88

OREGON: Logging workers (all other)

Number employed: 1,070

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.60

PENNSYLVANIA: Word processors and typists

Number employed: 5,780

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.05

RHODE ISLAND: Electronics engineers (except computer)

Number employed: 1,120

Employment per 1,000 workers: 2.52

SOUTH CAROLINA: Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders (synthetic and glass fibers)

Number employed: 2,780

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.38

SOUTH DAKOTA: Residential advisors

Number employed: 2,310

Employment per 1,000 workers: 5.61

TENNESSEE: Woodworkers (all other)

Number employed: 1,800

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.62

TEXAS: Petroleum engineers

Number employed: 15,090

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.25

UTAH: Continuous mining machine operators

Number employed: 1,420

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.95

VERMONT: Computer numerically controlled tool operators

Number employed: 1,480

Employment per 1,000 workers: 5.27

VIRGINIA: Marine engineers and naval architects

Number employed: 1,990

Employment per 1,000 workers: 0.54

WASHINGTON: Avionics technicians

Number employed: 3,730

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.17

WEST VIRGINIA: Underground mining machine operators and extraction workers (all other)

Number employed: 1,060

Employment per 1,000 workers: 1.63

WISCONSIN: Computer numerically controlled tool operators

Number employed: 13,820

Employment per 1,000 workers: 5.10

WYOMING: Oil and gas service unit operators

Number employed: 1,740

Employment per 1,000 workers: 6.66

Madison Hoff May 28, 2021 at 10:18PM

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