The Best States for Jobs and Salaries
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.
Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning multi-media journalist and author of Career Comeback--Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want. Her work has been translated into 20 different languages, and she is a frequent expert guest and commentator on news and talk shows. She has been featured in The Wall St. Journal, on the CBS Early Show, NBC Today, CNBC, Fox Business News, Dr. Phil, Oprah.com and many other media outlets. Lisa discusses her AOL pieces each week and interviews vital guests on the web TV show, This Week in Careers. Learn more on LisaJohnsonMandell.com.