WalletHub's best and worst states for jobs in 2017


Washington state is the most attractive state for employment, according to a ranking by WalletHub.

Analysts from WalletHub evaluated all 50 states based on 24 measures of job market strength and economic environment. Job market metrics included measures such as number of job openings, employment growth, and variety of industries. Economic environment metrics included measures such as median annual income, average hours per work week, and average starting salary. Analysts assigned each state points for each category, which produced a final score for each state.

The 10 highest ranked states for jobs, according to WalletHub, are:

  1. Washington
  2. Colorado
  3. New Hampshire
  4. South Dakota
  5. New Jersey
  6. Minnesota
  7. Massachusetts
  8. California
  9. Tennessee
  10. Florida

Also see: US News ranks the best and worst states for higher ed

The 10 lowest ranked states for jobs, according to WalletHub, are:

  1. Wyoming
  2. North Carolina
  3. New Mexico
  4. Alaska
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Mississippi
  7. Alabama
  8. Kentucky
  9. Louisiana
  10. West Virginia

WalletHub analysts say workers should expect big changes in the job market during the next decade. For example, analysts predict increased demand for healthcare workers in particular, but also rising demand for workers in science and technology generally. These predictions are consistent with what CareerCast ranked as 2017's best and worst jobs (Bernardo, WalletHub, 6/1; Tewa, CTPost, 6/1).

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