10 Best, Worst US States for Jobs

Washington ranks No. 1; West Virginia comes in last
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2018 2:19 PM CDT
10 Best, Worst US States for Jobs
Head to the Pacific Northwest for the state with the best employment prospects.   (Getty Images/laflor)

Some good news on the unemployment front Friday, with a 3.8% rate that hasn't been that low since April 2000. But in which states are one's prospects for finding a job best? WalletHub looked at the job market and economic environment in all 50, factoring in criteria such as the unemployment rate, job opportunities, and employment outlook. At the top of the list: Washington. At the bottom: West Virginia. Here, the top 10, along with their job condition scores (out of 100):

  1. Washington; 71.5
  2. Colorado; 70
  3. Minnesota; 65.1
  4. Utah; 64
  5. New Hampshire; 62.4
  6. Tennessee; 61.8
  7. Vermont; 61.3
  8. Massachusetts; 61.2
  9. Florida; 60.7
  10. Texas; 60
Read on to see the worst states.

  1. West Virginia; 33.6
  2. Mississippi; 39.9
  3. Kentucky; 40.2
  4. Louisiana; 41.4
  5. Pennsylvania; 41.9
  6. Alabama; 43.5
  7. Alaska; 44.1
  8. New Mexico; 44.6
  9. North Carolina; 46.4
  10. Wyoming; 47.1
See where other states rank here. (The 10 best jobs in the nation.)

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