The Best States for Jobs and Salaries

Best States for Jobs You hear so many conflicting reports these days about where is the best area to find a job. You might have been looking for work for a year, and then someone comes along saying that your very city has more job opportunities than just about anywhere else. Well, here's another one of those lists; but this time they've taken a larger number of factors into consideration, including personal income per capita, unemployment rates, and crime rates in each state.

The best state, according to these factors? New Hampshire. But New York, Wyoming, several Northern Midwest states and Virginia also had the high overall economic rankings. Many Southern states, including Florida, Arkansas and Tennessee, plus western states like Nevada and Arizona, had the lowest overall economic rankings.

That's according to a new hot jobs map of America created by eBay Classifieds. Reports show that 190,000 new jobs were created in February, and the research determined which states have the most buoyant economies in this still very difficult economic climate.

Some of the findings include:

  • New Hampshire: New Hampshire has the lowest crime rates in the country, the fourth lowest unemployment rates, and the ninth highest personal income per capita, making it the most economically buoyant state in the country.
  • New York: New York City's median salary, $64,535, is behind the median salaries of just 10 states. In other words, if the city were a state, it would have the 11th highest average annual income in the United States.
  • Connecticut: Connecticut has the highest personal income per capita in the country, at $56,556.
  • Rhode Island: Rhode Island has the 15th highest personal income per capita, as well as 18th lowest crime rates, but its high unemployment figures (46th) keep it in the middle of the pack.
  • California: Sunnyvale has the highest median salary of all the states' highest paying cities, but California's high unemployment rates (12.9 percent, which is 3.1 percent higher than the national average) means it's not as economically buoyant overall as other states.

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Tom Gargaro

Lol, these places have high salaries because of the high cost of living. Anyone can cherry pick a couple figures and find something good about it. Calcutta- low cost of living, tropical climate, high number of employed people - it's the best!

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."
- Mark Twain

March 31 2011 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tom Gargaro's comment

That is just what you have been told, Don't believe the hype . Not all these places are as expensive to live as you think when you compare income to cost of living. I moved to Texas from New York,and while the cost of living in New York is somewhat higher ,when you compare cost of living and income I was still much better off in New York than I am in Texas.

September 07 2013 at 4:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

put a wall around the goverment and only let them out to pick up trash on the highways

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March 29 2011 at 4:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

NY should rank at the BOTTOM of every list generated. Over 175,000 people have fled this state in the last few years with more anticipated departures, my own included. It has to be the most costly place to live in with taxes through the roof, crime on every block, plus an exceedingly corrupt and swindling mayor and other reprobate politicians running it all. Once a beautiful state of my childhood, it's become ugly and is no longer prosperous or even recognizable. Tourists are fair game and the rich get richer off the backs of the poor. AOL is trying to spin that the economy is improving by posting this ridiculous list, but it's worse than ever. They need to ask the people who live in these states.

March 29 2011 at 4:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Idiots.......When I saw how Michigan was ranked that's all I could think.....Idiots.....Whoever put this together or came up with it, are out of their minds!!!!!

March 29 2011 at 1:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I don't know how WV got a low OER it should have received a lowest rating since there are no jobs here any more

March 28 2011 at 11:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It's not what you make, it's what you have left after everything is paid. I don't know about New Hampshire, but I lived in NY, and their taxes are one of the worst. 64000 is nothing in NY City unless you live in an area where it's not safe to go outside. If you're going to write an article, you have to look at the "whole picture" not just parts of it. I'm doing way better in Arkansas than I ever did in NY.

March 28 2011 at 10:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Well, we can't blame the current presidency for this mess that's gone on for 8 years before the last election. Anyhow, I agree with the sad facts here in the U.S. and how the middle and lower class has been increasing and abused. The wealthy CEO's and big business continue to aim for high profits at all costs. Hence, outsourcing and automation which took away jobs here in the U.S. (O.K, even if they were low paying jobs, they were better than no job at all and brought some consumer spending into the mix).The CEO's destroy the corporations and then bail with a hefty severence pay and leave the mess for others to clean up. If consumers here in the U.S. don't have money to spend, they cannot buy the products you it doesn't take much to figure out. It's all about greed! - Corporate greed, individual greed..with no concern for values and people. People need to be SMART consumers and buy AMERICAN, even if the cost is a bit more. In the long run, with outsourcing, the cost is much greater to all of us. We don't need a tsunami to destroy America, we are doing it to ourselves. God bless America.

March 28 2011 at 10:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Free trade does not work when the other countries pay their workers ten cents an hour. Thank Newt and Clinton for the great idea of a service economy. The elites in this country want a nation of peons. Capitalism is only great when the capitalists love their country and those day's are slowly slipping away. Capitalist socialists will destroy this country. GE is currrently leading this pack of these vultures.

March 28 2011 at 9:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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True. The global economy was meant to raise the wages and standard of living in the low paying countries but instead it has lowered wages in the USA to third world country status.

March 28 2011 at 9:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Doesn't surprise me to see New Hampshire on top. It has mostly sane public policies and hard working no-nonsense people. It hasn't had elections swayed by public employee unions and hasn't overspent on pensions or healthcare for state or city workers. Refusing to construct Section 8 housing has landed it in Federal court. Today that refusal is paying off big time. Baby mommas can't get an affordable apartment or big check so they leave the state.

March 28 2011 at 9:23 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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