The wake of the recession has led to great swaths of people seeking out work wherever they can find it. That has included those who have been willing to pick up and uproot their families in order to find sustenance, as well as recent graduates looking for work for the first time. As has been widely discussed, many of the jobs that have been recovered since the financial crisis and global recession hit the hardest in 2008 and 2009 are not the same that were lost. Wages are stagnant, and many have had to settle for low-skill or part-time work to get back into the workforce.
Things are looking up, however. Entrepreneurs across the country are jumping into the fray, creating businesses from new ideas and concepts, and adding jobs to the mix while they’re at it. Some of the world’s top companies have also regained their footing and are in hiring mode, looking to ramp up production and revenues as the economy returns to full steam. Of course, that doesn’t mean that every corner of the U.S. is teeming with opportunity, but there are certain places that are emerging as employment hot spots.
Here, we’re taking a look at the states that provide the absolute best opportunities for job seekers across the country. These states have been ranked as the top places for job seekers by taking a variety of factors into account, most notably unemployment rates, prevalence of large companies and entrepreneurs, as well as expected economic changes, like recent discoveries of oil or natural gas, for example.
There are also things that knocked some areas out of the top ten, An example would be Washington, D.C., which is seeing employment opportunities abound. However, it’s also an incredibly expensive place to live, which can make finding a job even more difficult.
Without further ado, here are the top ten states for jobseekers.