7 States With The Most Jobs
With job creation continuing at a snail's pace, some job seekers are finding that it pays to go where the jobs are. But just as some states were hit harder during the recession than others, the opposite is true in the current rate of economic recovery and job creation. Or to put it another way, some states are adding jobs faster than others.
That's true of individual sectors, as well. For example, 18 states are forecast to lose thousands of government jobs during the 12 months ending next June, but many of those same states are expected to add thousands more jobs in education and health services, according to recently revised data from Moody's Analytics (via USA Today).
Still, Moody's data shows that just seven states, as the list below shows, are expected to create jobs at a rate of at least 2.1 percent during the same period, creating tens of thousands of new positions.
Further, each has opportunities in a wide range of career fields, from construction and manufacturing to leisure and hospitality. Depending on your expertise -- or your willingness and ability to change careers -- you may find that employers in these states are creating jobs that need your skills.
Check out the list and see if any of these states has something to offer you.
States Where The Jobs Are:
- One-year forecast increase in jobs (ending June 30, 2013): 2.1%.
Sectors with the greatest percentage increase in employment:
- Construction: 5.2%.
- Educational and health services¹: 3.1%.
- Professional and business services²: 2.9%.
- Manufacturing: 2.7%.
- Utilities: 2.3%.
- Leisure and hospitality: 2.1%.
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Notes:¹Education and health services include such jobs as: education; health care offices, medical labs and other ambulatory health care services; hospitals; nursing and residential care facilities; social assistance.
²Professional and business services include these sectors: professional; scientific; technical services; management of companies and enterprises; administrative and support; and waste management and remediation services.
³Information includes jobs in these sectors: publishing; motion pictures and sound recording industries; broadcasting; telecommunications; and data processing, hosting and related services.
⁴Financial activities include jobs at: banks; credit unions; savings institutions; credit card, mortgage and other credit- and financing-related industries; financial investment industries; insurance; real estate; and rental and leasing services.
⁵Other services include such jobs as: repair and maintenance; personal care and laundry; religious; grant making; civic, professional and similar organizations; private household services.
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David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. The syndicated column appeared in newspapers and websites nationwide before it made its debut on DailyFinance in 2010. Schepp now continues that tradition at Aol Jobs, covering the jobs beat and providing readers insight and analysis into the nation's challenging employment scene.
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