Best job markets

The personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States for Jobs.

To ease the process of finding employment for job seekers, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 29 key indicators of job-market strength, opportunity and economic vitality. The data set ranges from employment growth to median annual income to average commute time.

Best vs. Worst

Texas has the highest monthly average starting salary, $3,274, which is 2.4 times higher than in Hawaii, the lowest at $1,367.

Hawaii has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.4 percent, which is three times lower than in Alaska, the highest at 7.2 percent.

Maryland has the fewest part-time employees per 100 full-time employees, 47.69, which is 1.6 times fewer than in Oregon, the most at 74.27.

New Hampshire has the lowest share of workers living in poverty, 3.99 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in New Mexico, the highest at 10.94 percent.

Source: WalletHub

Best States for Jobs

1 Washington

2 Colorado

3 Minnesota

4 Utah

5 New Hampshire

6 Tennessee

7 Vermont

8 Massachusetts

9 Florida

10 Texas

Worst States for Jobs

41 Wyoming

42 North Carolina

43 New Mexico

44 Alaska

45 Alabama

46 Pennsylvania

47 Louisiana

48 Kentucky

49 Mississippi

50 West Virginia

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