Western states were home to the highest job growth rates over the past year, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The steepest rise was in Idaho, where employment grew 3.6% since March 2015. Oregon, Utah and Washington claimed the next highest spots in the job growth rankings, and California showed the largest statistically significant job increase with 420,800 new jobs. See how much your state's economy grew.
States across the West are making economic progress on a variety of fronts. Here are some highlights: