According CSG's analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, state government employment remains below the peak level reached in August 2008, but has seen net gains for four consecutive months. From August 2014-December 2014, state government employment shrunk in 15 states, stayed the same in four states and grew in 31 states for a net gain of 38,000 positions, or a growth rate of about 0.8 percent. Over the same period, private sector employment grew by 1.19 million positions, or about 1.0 percent. California added the largest number of state government positions (5,800) followed by Indiana (5,500) and New Jersey (4,400). North Carolina shed the largest number of jobs (6,200) followed by Illinois (2,200), Louisiana and Ohio (each decreased by 1,400).