If you want a job, you might look at your present state. Not state of mind, but actual state in which you live. There's a wide variation in job opportunities depending on where in the country you are, according to Gallup's annual state job market ranking.
The market research and polling company spoke with 201,254 people across the country, asking employees of companies to say whether their employers were hiring. It then collated the results by state and subtracted the percentage saying their companies were laying people off and reducing headcount from the percentage saying that companies were expanding their workforces. The result, by state, was an index to show the relative strength of job expansion.
North Dakota led the states with an index of 36, as 48 percent of the people there responding to the survey said that their employers were expanding, 35 percent saw no change, and 12 were downsizing. Technically, Washington, D.C. was ever further ahead, with a job creation index of 40 (49 percent growing, 35 percent unchanged, and 9 percent reducing headcount), but technically the District of Columbia is not a state.
Texas, Nebraska, and Wisconsin all had indexes of 31, while Michigan, Iowa, and Utah were at 30 each.
Five states -- Maine, West Virginia, New Mexico, Alaska, and Connecticut -- had indexes of less than 20. Connecticut was dead last at 16. Only 33 percent reported job growth; 17 percent said their companies were reducing the number of employees.
Alaska, at 18 percent, had the largest percentage of employees reporting job reductions by their employers. Right behind it were Hawaii and Connecticut, with 17 percent each. Nineteen states showed 40 or more percent of people who reported employers that were adding new positions.
Vermont reported 51 percent seeing no difference in the number of jobs, the highest percentage of all the states.
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North Dakota Leads In Job Opportunities; Connecticut Trails