North Carolina Ranked One of America’s Worst States for Jobs in 2019

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With employers expecting to hire 16.6 percent more graduates from the Class of 2019 than in the previous year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States for Jobs.

The site compared all 50 states across 33 key indicators of job-market strength, opportunity and economic vitality. The data set ranges from employment growth to median annual income to average commute time.

The Tar Heel State was ranked #42 in the nation, just behind Pennsylvania and Arkansas. South Carolina was ranked 7 places higher at #35.

Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
State Total Score ‘Job Market’ Rank ‘Economic Environment’ Rank
1 Massachusetts 71.88 1 16
2 Washington 68.26 11 1
3 Colorado 66.82 2 12
4 Vermont 64.73 3 18
5 New Hampshire 64.40 5 9
6 Minnesota 64.12 4 15
7 Delaware 63.83 6 14
8 New Jersey 62.92 28 2
9 California 60.84 7 25
10 Rhode Island 60.79 17 7
11 Nebraska 60.33 12 20
12 Texas 60.10 29 3
13 Connecticut 59.50 21 10
14 Virginia 59.08 13 22
15 Iowa 58.99 10 27
16 South Dakota 58.56 24 13
17 Tennessee 58.16 30 8
18 Utah 58.12 15 23
19 Nevada 57.60 25 19
20 New York 57.19 8 35
21 Florida 56.73 33 11
22 North Dakota 55.84 39 5
23 Wisconsin 55.61 22 28
24 Kansas 55.57 32 21
25 Idaho 55.46 14 36
26 Maryland 55.40 9 41
27 Arizona 55.40 18 29
28 Maine 54.69 16 37
29 Michigan 53.09 36 26
30 Hawaii 52.68 20 40
31 Illinois 51.92 31 34
32 New Mexico 51.91 45 17
33 Missouri 51.63 27 39
34 Wyoming 51.12 46 4
35 South Carolina 51.02 37 30
36 Georgia 51.01 23 43
37 Oklahoma 50.74 41 24
38 Indiana 49.85 35 38
39 Oregon 49.72 19 47
40 Ohio 48.97 40 31
41 Montana 48.93 38 33
42 North Carolina 48.85 34 42
43 Pennsylvania 46.56 26 49
44 Arkansas 45.30 42 44
45 Alabama 44.36 44 45
46 Alaska 44.19 50 6
47 Louisiana 43.91 47 32
48 Kentucky 37.90 43 50
49 Mississippi 37.15 48 46
50 West Virginia 34.83 49 48

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