Jennifer Young
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Posted June 30, 2021

The best states to find a job (and the worst)

Is your state full of employment opportunities, or a tough place to find a good job? Find out how your state ranks for opportunities and salary.
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Is your state full of employment opportunities, or a tough place to find a good job? A new study ranks how easy it is to find a job in every state and details the strength of each state's job market. How does your state rank?

The findings of the study, 2021's Best & Worst States for Jobs, from personal finance site WalletHub, are based on 35 key indicators of job-market strength, opportunity and a healthy economy, according to the site.

The indicators include: The number of job opportunities, employment growth, average starting salary, unemployment rate, annual income, time spent working and more.

South Dakota ranked number one overall and was the state with the highest employment growth

Coming in dead last was Kentucky, with low job opportunities and pay.

Which states have the most job opportunity

New Hampshire, Vermont and Nebraska ranked high for having the most available job opportunities; Hawaii, New York and California all had the least.

The states that pay the most

Washington took the top spot for highest monthly salary — employees living there make $3,734 per month

That’s almost two times higher than Alaska, where employees make an average of $1,970 per month, the lowest in the U.S.

New York, Texas, Georgia and Virginia round out the top five for highest salary, while the bottom are Maine, Mississippi, Vermont and Hawaii, with Alaska at number 50 for lowest average salary.

Find out where your state ranks

  1. South Dakota
  2. Nebraska
  3. Washington
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Utah
  6. North Dakota
  7. Kansas
  8. Vermont
  9. Delaware
  10. Colorado
  11. Wisconsin
  12. Minnesota
  13. Massachusetts
  14. Missouri
  15. Tennessee
  16. Virginia
  17. South Carolina
  18. Iowa
  19. Texas
  20. Idaho
  21. Wyoming
  22. Oklahoma
  23. California
  24. New Jersey
  25. North Carolina
  26. Montana
  27. Maine
  28. Rhode Island
  29. Oregon
  30. Ohio
  31. New York
  32. Arizona
  33. Maryland
  34. Alabama
  35. Georgia
  36. Arkansas
  37. Alaska
  38. Florida
  39. Indiana
  40. Connecticut
  41. Nevada
  42. Michigan
  43. New Mexico
  44. Illinois
  45. Mississippi
  46. Hawaii
  47. Louisiana
  48. Pennsylvania
  49. West Virginia
  50. Kentucky

Would you consider moving for better job opportunities? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Justin Henry

Maine 🙄

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Jamily Knight

I've never been to S Dakota, but Washington is gorgeous and I would move there!

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Phyllis Brooksnewman

I have just relocated to Marietta, Ga from California and my biggest challenge is understanding the process for obtaining an Georgia Nursing license, because I fully intent to maintain my California license as well

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Tom Waters

I hava bsin social work. I will. Not take or am onterested in a minamum wage job. Tom Waters, ar

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Chad nd Daisy Small

Gotta love no opportunity Louisiana

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JOSH KATES

What about moving to North Carolina from Wyoming

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Eugena Perry

What about Marietta Georgia

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I would move to a Republican controlled state only. There are some real idiots running some states and our federal gov.

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Mark Comerford

Thank goodness for the research you find on google. Otherwise you would move blind. I moved from Colorado to Florida and have found Florida to be politically corrupt, have higher food costs than New York, and has run down I fracture.

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Geraldine Hines

What about moving from Michigan to South Carolina

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