The 15 best states for landing a job

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Looking for a new job? You might want to consider broadening your search to include Utah, Colorado, or North Dakota.

Those three states topped U.S. News' recently released best states for employment ranking, which is part of its overall 2017 Best States list.

To determine which states hold the strongest employment opportunities, U.S. News ranked each on three factors: unemployment rate, job growth, and labor force participation, which measures the percentage of the population that is either employed or actively looking for a job. You can read a full breakdown of the methodology here.

The Midwest dominated the list, earning six of the top 15 spots, with both North and South Dakota finishing in the top five.

Job seekers take note: These are the 15 best states for landing a job.

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15. Texas

Population: 27.47 million

Job growth rank: 5

Labor force participation rank: 21

Low unemployment rate rank: 23

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14. Maryland

Population: 6.01 million

Job growth rank: 35

Labor force participation rank: 13

Low unemployment rate rank: 17

13. Idaho

Population: 1.65 million

Job growth rank: 8

Labor force participation rank: 33

Low unemployment rate rank: 10

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12. Wisconsin

Population: 5.77 million

Job growth rank: 27

Labor force participation rank: 12

Low unemployment rate rank: 16

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11. Hawaii

Population: 1.43 million

Job growth rank: 20

Labor force participation rank: 36

Low unemployment rate rank: 5

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10. Vermont

Population: 0.63 million

Job growth rank: 44

Labor force participation rank: 16

Low unemployment rate rank: 7

9. Iowa

Population: 3.12 million

Job growth rank: 32

Labor force participation rank: 7

Low unemployment rate rank: 10

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8. Minnesota

Population: 5.49 million

Job growth rank: 22

Labor force participation rank: 1

Low unemployment rate rank: 10

7. Nebraska

Population: 1.9 million

Job growth rank: 28

Labor force participation rank: 2

Low unemployment rate rank: 9

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6. New Hampshire

Population: 1.33 million

Job growth rank: 31

Labor force participation rank: 5

Low unemployment rate rank: 1

5. South Dakota

Population: 0.86 million

Job growth rank: 34

Labor force participation rank: 4

Low unemployment rate rank: 1

4. Massachusetts

Population: 6.79 million

Job growth rank: 17

Labor force participation rank: 11

Low unemployment rate rank: 3

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3. North Dakota

Population: 0.76 million

Job growth rank: 16

Labor force participation rank: 3

Low unemployment rate rank: 3

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2. Colorado

Population: 5.46 million

Job growth rank: 2

Labor force participation rank: 10

Low unemployment rate rank: 7

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1. Utah

Population: 3 million

Job growth rank: 1

Labor force participation rank: 6

Low unemployment rate rank: 6

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