West Virginia named 2019’s Worst State for Jobs, according to study

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West Virginia has been named the worst state in the country for jobs, according to a recent study by personal finance website Wallet Hub. The report looked at job market strength, opportunity, and economic vitality, with data ranging from employment growth to median income to average commute time.

Source: WalletHub

Here are 2019’s Worst States for Jobs, according to WalletHub:

  1. West Virginia
  2. Mississippi
  3. Kentucky
  4. Louisiana
  5. Alaska
  6. Alabama
  7. Arkansas
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. North Carolina
  10. Montana

Here are 2019’s Best States for Jobs, according to WalletHub:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Washington
  3. Colorado
  4. Vermont
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Minnesota
  7. Delaware 
  8. New Jersey 
  9. California
  10. Rhode Island

WalletHub provided some of the criteria used and how West Virginia ranked among other states in the nation:

CriteriaWest Virginia’s Rank
Job Opportunities49
Unemployment Rate49
Median Annual Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)48
Job Satisfaction43
Average Commute Time34
Average Length of Work Week (in Hours)28
Monthly Average Starting Salary15

Learn more about the study and its methodology here.

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