Which states have it best when it comes to the job market?

June 02, 2017

Congrats to our new college graduates! You’ve worked hard for four years and deserve some time to admire your accomplishments.

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Okay, maybe limit the accomplishments to your academic work.

But sooner or later you’re going to have to start the job hunt and let’s face it: that can be slightly intimidating. Putting together a portfolio website and an interesting and clear resume is daunting, never mind what seems to be the endless stream of cover letters you’ll be writing.

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Sorry, didn’t mean to scare you. There is, however, good news! According to a survey from CareerBuilder.com, recent graduates are entering the best job market in a decade. The survey results found 74 percent of the employers polled plan to hire recent college graduates. That’s up from last year’s figure of 67 percent and 2017 numbers are the highest since 2007. Plus, the pay seems promising. Nearly 40 percent say the starting salary for new graduates is around $50,000.

Still, even with this good news, it’s important to find the best place to look for a job. That’s why we’re taking a look at a new study from WalletHub that dives into the best and worst states for jobs. The study ranks each state based on job opportunities, commutes, employment growth and several other factors using statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Indeed.com, the Census Bureau and several other sources.

Considering Illinois hasn’t had a budget in two years, you’d think we’d rank dead last, right? But it turns out the Prairie State’s place on the list isn’t too bad.

Keep scrolling to see the top and bottom 10 states on the list, as well as Illinois’ individual rankings. We also included some of the top-earning occupations in each state. Hint: It’s never too early to start thinking about med school

Let’s start with the bottom 10.

To find out more about the study and WalletHub’s methodology, click here

 

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50. West Virginia

  • Job market rank: 47
  • Economic environment rank: 48
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Anesthesiologists
    • Surgeons
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Nurse Anesthetists
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Dentists
    • Psychiatrists
    • Architectural and Engineering Managers
    • Chief Executives
    • Petroleum Engineers
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49. Louisiana

  • Job market rank: 50
  • Economic environment rank: 28
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Anesthesiologists
    • Orthodontists
    • Surgeons
    • Internists
    • Dentists
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Chief Executives
    • Psychiatrists
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48. Kentucky

  • Job market rank: 40
  • Economic environment rank: 50
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Surgeons
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Psychiatrists
    • Internists
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Pediatricians
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Chief Executives
    • Dentists
    • Orthodontists
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47. Alabama

  • Job market rank: 44
  • Economic environment rank: 41
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Internists
    • Physicians
    • Surgeons
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Cheif Executives
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Psychiatrists
    • Pediatricians
    • Orthodontists
    • Dentists
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46. Mississippi

  • Job market rank: 43
  • Economic environment rank: 40
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Orthodontists
    • Pediatricians
    • Surgeons
    • Internists
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Psychiatrists
    • Physicians
    • Dentists
    • Anesthesiologists
    • Nurse Anesthetists
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45. Oklahoma

  • Job market rank: 46
  • Economic environment rank: 26
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Surgeons
    • Physicians
    • Inrweniara
    • Pediatricians
    • Nurse Anesthetists
    • Dentists (All other specialists)
    •  Dentists (General)
    • Physicists
    • Psychiatrists
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44. Alaska

  • Job market rank: 48
  • Economic environment rank: 11
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Psychiatrists
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Dentists
    • Internists
    • Pediatricians
    • Optometrists
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Cheif Executives
    • Judges, Magistrate Judge, and Magistrates
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43. New Mexico

  • Job market rank: 45
  • Economic environment rank: 17
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Internists
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Dentists
    • Pediatricians
    • Dentists
    • Nuclear Engineers
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Podiatrists
    • Nurse Assistants
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42. North Carolina

  • Job market rank: 36
  • Economic environment rank: 46
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Orthodontists
    • Internists
    • Dentists
    • Chief Executives
    • Psychiatrists
    • Dentists
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Pediatricians
    • Family and General Practitioners

41. Wyoming

  • Job market rank: 49
  • Economic environment rank: 2
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Psychiatrists
    • Internists
    • Nurse Anesthetists
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Pediatricians
    • Dentists
    • Sales Representatives, Wholesale Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products
    • Chief Executives
    • Industrial Production Managers
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30. Illinois

  • Job market rank: 39
  • Economic environment rank: 29
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Surgeons
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Anesthesiologists
    • Internists
    • Chief Executives
    • Podiatrists
    • Psychiatrists
    • Dentists
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10. Florida

  • Job market rank: 29
  • Economic environment rank: 4
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Surgeons
    • Anesthesiologists
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Orthodontists
    • Dentists
    • Internists
    • Chief Executives
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Pediatricians
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9. Tennessee

  • Job market rank: 23
  • Economic environment rank: 6
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Surgeons
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Pediatricians
    • Psychiatrists
    • Dentists
    • Internists
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Dentists
    • Chief Executives
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8. California

  • Job market rank: 12
  • Economic environment rank: 15
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Psychiatrists
    • Surgeons
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Nurse Anesthetists
    • Chief Executives
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Internists
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Pediatricians
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7. Massachusetts

  • Job market rank: 2
  • Economic environment rank: 29
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    • Anesthesiologists
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Surgeons
    • Internists
    • Orthodontists
    • Pediatricians
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Chief Executives
    • Dentists
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6. Minnesota

  • Job market rank: 4
  • Economic environment rank: 21
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Internists
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Psychiatrists
    • Pediatricians
    • Dentists
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Chief Executives
    • Nurse Anesthetists
    • Podiatrists
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5. New Jersey

  • Job market rank: 19
  • Economic environment rank: 5
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Surgeons
    • Orthodontists
    • Chief Executives
    • Psychiatrists
    • Internists
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Natural Sciences Managers
    • Nurse Anesthetists
    • Dentists

4. South Dakota

  • Job market rank: 10
  • Economic environment rank: 7
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Internists
    • Psychiatrists
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Pediatricians
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Chief Executives
    • Nurse Anesthetists
    • Sales Engineers
    • Dentists
    • Financial Managers
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3. New Hampshire

  • Job market rank: 6
  • Economic environment rank: 8
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Internists
    • Dentists
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Psychiatrists
    • Pediatricians
    • Chief Executives
    • Securities, Commodities and Financial Services Sales Agents
    • Natural Science Managers
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2. Colorado

  • Job market rank: 1
  • Economic environment rank: 19
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Anesthesiologists
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    • Surgeons
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Pediatricians
    • Psychiatrists
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Chief Executives
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Internists
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1. Washington

  • Job market rank: 11
  • Economic environment rank: 1
  • Highest paid jobs, according to Zippia:
    • Anesthesiologists
    • Surgeons
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    • Physicians and Surgeons
    • Internists
    • Family and General Practitioners
    • Pediatricians
    • Psychiatrists
    • Chief Executives
    • Dentists
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