7 States With The Most Jobs

states with 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:


7. Washington
  • 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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6. New Mexico
  • One-year forecast increase in jobs: 2.1%.

Sectors with the greatest percentage increase in employment:

  • Educational and health services: 3.8%.
  • Leisure and hospitality: 3.3%.
  • Information³: 3%.
  • Professional and business services: 2.5%.
  • Manufacturing: 2.3%.
  • Financial Activities⁴: 2.3%.
  • Wholesale trade: 2.1%.

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5. Nevada
  • One-year forecast increase in jobs: 2.3%.

Sectors with the greatest percentage increase in employment:

  • Professional and business services: 4%.
  • Leisure and hospitality: 3.6%.
  • Information: 3.5%.
  • Construction: 3.4%.
  • Educational and health services: 2.7%.
  • Other services⁵: 2.7%.
  • Transportation and warehousing: 2.5%.

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4. Texas
  • One-year forecast increase in jobs: 2.4%.

Sectors with the greatest percentage increase in employment:

  • Leisure and hospitality: 3.9%.
  • Educational and health services: 3.8%.
  • Other services: 2.8%.
  • Transportation and warehousing: 2.5%.
  • Retail trade: 2.4%.
  • Manufacturing: 2.2%.
  • Wholesale trade: 2.1%.

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3. Florida
  • One-year forecast increase in jobs: 2.5%.

Sectors with the greatest percentage increase in employment:

  • Educational and health services: 5%.
  • Professional and business services: 3.4%.
  • Leisure and hospitality: 3.1%.
  • Construction: 2.6%.
  • Other services: 2.1%.

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2. Arizona
  • One-year forecast increase in jobs: 2.9%.

Sectors with the greatest percentage increase in employment:

  • Transportation and warehousing: 6.5%.
  • Construction: 5.4%.
  • Professional and business services: 5.4%.
  • Wholesale trade: 5.2%.
  • Financial activities: 4.8%.
  • Educational and health services: 4%.
  • Information: 3.8%.
  • Other services: 3.3%.
  • Leisure and hospitality: 2.8%.
  • Manufacturing: 2.1%.

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1. North Dakota
  • One-year forecast increase in jobs: 4.5%.

Sectors with the greatest percentage increase in employment:

  • Construction: 20.5%.
  • Natural resources and mining: 17%.
  • Transportation and warehousing: 12%.
  • Wholesale trade: 5.5%.
  • Professional and business services: 3.2%.
  • Educational and health services: 2.4%.
  • Retail trade: 2.4%.
  • Manufacturing: 2.2%.

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Source: Moody's Analytics and Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Employment Statistics survey.

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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Fj Baet

im 18yrs living abroad. i wnt to go back in us. wish i get a good job. but what state should i move?!i need advice! im young well xperience!

January 26 2013 at 7:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Fj Baet

im planing to move in usa. how much is the salary wage in usa?

January 26 2013 at 7:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lacabrera

What a Coincidence that most of those States are Run by republicans Governors ,actually 6 out of 7 ..

September 11 2012 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Lee Koontz

6 out of the 7 states listed are run by Republican governors. Coincidence? I think not.

September 11 2012 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alpambuena

i am not a harvard economist, like those at the white house.....but if north dakota, has a major employment surge going on......and its because of oil....then (and correct me here...because i am not in the white house...and not as smart as the chosen one).....you would think, that the keystone pipeline...that obama cancelled would be a major factor in job growth....or opening oil drilling in all states, would create a major boom to employment, while at the same time lowering fuel prices.

September 11 2012 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hil

6 of those states are run by republican run-the other one is run by a democrat woman

September 10 2012 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JimB

DEPORT THE ILLEGALS AND THERE WILL MORE JOBS FOR U.S. CITIZENS ......

September 10 2012 at 4:52 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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chuckymumsy

I AM WITH YOU JimB. They get all the good jobs and we stay jobless, homeless ,not fair. No English no job . plain as that. I AM WITH YOU ..EVERYWHERE I GO I SEE LOTS OFF THEM WITH GOOD PAYING JOBS, BEING THERE FOR 5PLUS YEARS. ME STILL LOOKING FOR A JOB

September 11 2012 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

I sure do not want 4 more years of this crap. I'm not getting any younger.

September 10 2012 at 3:37 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Hola Tavo

Listen people, this article is not worth the paper it is written on. I live in Florida and willing to move anywhere, THERE IS NO WORK, perhaps this' due to me being 60+!!!, while it may be illigal to discriminate based on age, the fact is, EVERYONE DOES IT, except those real low paying wages, we all know who these are, the same who are always looking to hire.

September 10 2012 at 2:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
igipromogoddess

wow so many red states

September 10 2012 at 1:13 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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