JobWeakStates.jpg
10 worst states for job seekers
A tight job market alongside some of the country’s worst economic outlooks has created some less-than-stellar opportunities for job seekers in some states, putting the onus on benefits managers to create the right benefits plans to keep the best talent within an organization.

Personal-finance website WalletHub recently released a ranking of states with the worst job
opportunities. To determine its list, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 24 key indicators of job-market strength, opportunity and economic vitality. Those sections were filtered into two major categories: job market (which includes metrics such as job opportunities, employment growth and job satisfaction) and economic environmental (which includes metrics such as median annual income, average number of hours in a work week and earned income-tax credit). WalletHub used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor and Gallup-Healthways, among others.
philadelphia-foto-357.jpg
40. Pennsylvania
Total score: 47.78
Job market rank: 26
Economic environment: 47
WyomingStateHousejpg.jpg
41. Wyoming
Total Score: 47.34
Job market rank: 49
Economic environment: 2
North Carolina legislature's building
42. North Carolina
Total score: 46.15
Job market rank: 36
Economic environment: 46
new-mexico-capitol-582.jpg
43. New Mexico
Total score: 45.89
Job market rank: 45
Economic environment: 17
9. Anchorage.jpeg
44. Alaska
Total score: 45.36
Job market rank: 48
Economic environment: 11
Budget gaps are shrinking at the Oklahoma state Capitol.
45. Oklahoma
Total score: 43.72
Job market rank: 46
Economic environment: 26
Mississippi State Capitol
46. Mississippi
Total score: 42.71
Job market rank: 43
Economic environment: 40
alabama-capitol-357.jpg
47. Alabama
Total score: 41.52
Job market rank: 44
Economic environment: 41
louisville-kentucky.jpg
48. Kentucky
Total score: 40.12
Job market rank: 40
Economic environment: 50
louisiana-capitol-at-night.jpg
49. Louisiana
Total score: 37.04
Job market rank: 50
Economic environment: 28
coal-mining-west-virginia-istock.jpg
50. West Virginia
Total score: 35.23
Job market rank: 47
Economic environment: 48
States.Jobs.Lead.png
10 best states for job seekers
To see the list of states with the best job prospects, click here.