Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lone Star State ranks 12 among best states to find a job

by Allen Jones, TEXPERS Communications Manager

If something can be measured, Texas often can be found near the top of national rankings.

Measured by land area, Texas is the second largest state in the United States. All that land is perfect for people to spread out in. With more than 29 million people, the Lone Star State also is the second largest ranked by population. All those people help make it the third best state to find a date. And, if you know a teenager, you may feel a bit better knowing they are more likely to be safe driving the roads of Texas. It is, after all, the fifth best state for teen drivers – meaning fewer fatalities and lower costs for car maintenance.

Texas is also one of the best states to find a job, according to a new report from the financial experts over at WalletHub. It ranked 12 out of 50 states. It isn’t quite the Top 10, but still isn’t bad.

In April alone, the U.S. added more than 263,000 new jobs, resulting in the lowest unemployment rate since December 1969. It makes for a tight labor market, but there are still places with plenty of jobs.

Source: WalletHub

WalletHub compared the 50 states across 33 key indicators of job-market strength, opportunity and a healthy economy, according to its website. The best state to find a job is Massachusetts, according to the WalletHub report, which gave the state an overall score of 71.88. It ranked No. 1 in Job Market and No. 16 in Economic Environment.

Texas received a total score of 60.10, just under No. 11-ranked Nebraska (60.33), No. 10-ranked Rhode Island (60.79) and No. 9-ranked California (60.84). Texas received a Job Market rank of 29 and an Economic Environment rank of 3 in WalletHub’s evaluation. Texas did rank first in a comparison of state with the Highest Monthly Average Starting Salary.

Lowest on the WallebHub report ranking states for jobs is West Virginia with a total score of 34.83. It received low scores in job opportunities, unemployment rate, and median annual income comparisons.

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