The Best and Worst Job Markets in the U.S.

Unemployment-weary Americans are much likelier to find jobs in North Dakota than in Nevada or California, according to Gallup's Job Creation Index released Monday.

North Dakota topped the list of best places to find jobs last year, followed by other states rich in natural resources, such as South Dakota and Alaska.

Washington, D.C., Arkansas, West Virginia, Maryland and Texas also had strong labor markets. Michigan, buoyed by an improving automobile market, showed the biggest 2010 improvement within the Job Creation Index, followed by Washington, D.C., North Dakota and Ohio.

"Having a significant presence of natural resource-based industries was a distinct job-creation advantage for states such as North Dakota, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas," Gallup said in a statement. "Also among the top 10 in 2010 were Alaska -- another energy state -- and Washington, D.C., and Maryland, both of which benefit from having a large percentage of federal government workers."

Worst States for Job Hunters

Despite their designations as the Silver State and the Golden State, Nevada and California were among the worst places to mine for jobs last year. Nevada had the worst job market of any state, while New Jersey, which was hit hard by the financial crisis, came in second and California ranked third, Gallup says.

Meanwhile, New Mexico and Nebraska, which were among 2009's best job markets, were the only states to see a decline in the Job Creation Index.

Overall, U.S. unemployment fell to 9% last month, a welcome improvement after the rate had lingered in the 9.5% range for the previous year and a half. Earlier this month, the Federal Reserve projected that the economy could grow as much as 3.9% this year.

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hank870

The state government representatives who run away and hide from doing the jobs they were elected to do are cowardly, people who will not abide by the rules that they themselves put in place while they were the majority. Now, perhaps, the people who they are supposed to represent will recognize their folly in electing such cowards.

March 07 2011 at 6:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hank870

We have the silliest situation in the world, sitting on great reserves of oil yet buying oil from others who hate us for homewrecking prices. The rich and famous who have no problem coping with prices of anything seem determined to use the environmentmental argument to keep those of us who need OIL out of the running for continued existence.

Since they seem determined to eliminate us from the planet why don't we look for ways to eliminate them?

March 07 2011 at 6:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
toosmart4u

We must buy American every chance we get. With so many jobs going overseas we will never be able to put everyone laid off back to work. Now 187 Bush was the worst president. Health care we need. We should have a health insurance plan like in Canada and Europe. That way we can compete on the world market.

March 02 2011 at 7:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
retocsd187

How does the economy intend to grow when BHO has given it a hit with the most expensive health care take over in history. THIS affects everyone not just a few people. The best thing we could ask for is to keep him away from any bills that he might sign. He has no idea what he 's doing and the more he does the worse it gets.

March 02 2011 at 6:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zippertheslipper

Reading this makes me feel scared like a little girl. I am going to hide out at Charlie Sheens place until this financial fiasco mess blows over.

March 02 2011 at 12:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard

OMG. Imagine that. The Liberal controlled states are the ones that are the most troubled. Shocking. Y'all keep an eye on Texas if you can, we'll be pulling farther and farther away. See you in the rear view. Now, if we could only drill for more oil.....

March 02 2011 at 12:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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socaldave613

Richard I think your name fits, at least we can call you DICK. What is your problem ? You sound like an ego maniac with an inferiority complex. What a waste of humanity.

March 02 2011 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
therule72

Hey Unemployed Workers... send resume to Wisconsin State Government... I hear there's gonna be lots of openings soon.

March 01 2011 at 11:26 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
colleen

I'm suprised Florida isn't mentioned.We have the worst job market down here.
Many companies broadcast that they are hiring down here,truth be told they
aren't hiring. Alot of people are pulling stakes up and moving west.Whatever
you do don't come to this miserable state.There is also a scam going on
down here in florida with the video cameras you see attached to overhead
traffic lights,apparently people are fighting all the absurd tickets they are
recieving.The goverment thought that they could get away just sending tickets
to anybody and they would pay.They were wrong.

March 01 2011 at 6:12 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
larryeart

Why must our government LIE with economic statistics?? Why even keep statistics if you're going to LIE?? "Official" unemployment statistics do NOT count those unemployed who are no longer eligible for $$benefits. So the gov'ment does not count them as"unemployed"?? REAL unemployment is more like 20% than the 9& reported by gov'ment...also gov'ment LIES on inflation costs indice..govment reports inflation "excluding food and energy" !!! WHY do THAT?? Cause food and gas prices have SKYROCKETED!! Been to the supermarket/gas station lately????

March 01 2011 at 5:48 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
larryeart

REAL unemployment did NOT fall. REAL unemployment includes 10's of thopusands who have used up all unemployment benefits and are just not colleting benefits anymore..They have fallen off the unemployment rolls for $$benefits.....but THEY ARE STILL UNEMPLOYED

March 01 2011 at 5:42 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply