An employee works on a rocket engine at the SpaceX factory in Hawthorne. Courtesy SpaceX

California added 498,000 jobs between January 2014 and January 2015, leading the United States in total number of new positions, the federal government reported Tuesday.

The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found 15,928,000 employed in the state in January, with the unemployment rate dropping to 6.9 percent from 8.1 percent a year ago in January.

The following five states created the most jobs:

  • California — 498,000
  • Texas — 392,900
  • Florida — 274,100
  • New York — 157,700
  • Georgia — 131,900

As a percentage of population, Florida and Texas created slightly more jobs, but energy-rich Texas is now suffering from the impact of dramatically lower oil prices so its job growth has slowed.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.