It’s hard to be happy and healthy without a good job. What you do for a living will influence your overall satisfaction, just like a healthy job market contributes to a city’s growth. Want to change careers? Ready to move to a happier, healthier place? Now you just need to know where to look.
Governing reviewed the Labor Department numbers and now we know: These states had the most job growth in 2017. And for states with the same figures, we’ll use “total jobs added” as a tiebreaker. Those who value warm weather will see that one sunny state added tons of new jobs last year (page 9).
- Job growth rate (2017): 1.6%
- Jobs added (2017): 7,708
Montana barely makes it on two lists; one good and one bad. Sadly, Montana is the 17th most dangerous state in the U.S., ranking low in personal and residential safety. The plus side of living in “Big Sky Country”? Its job market is growing steadily, with a surge of hires in industries like physical therapy, construction, nursing, and more.
Next: Things get wild in this New England state.