MYNORTHWEST NEWS

Ranking: Find out why Washington is the best state to find a job

Nov 30, 2023, 5:00 AM | Updated: 6:55 am

Seattle Amazon walkout...

Amazon workers walkout in protest of companies environmental promises and remote work policy (Photo from Kate Stone)

(Photo from Kate Stone)

Despite all the angst about returning to the office for work, unionizing efforts, and workplace complexities, Washington state is the best place to find a job, according to an analysis by Wallet Hub.

“Washington state stands out as the best place to find a job, securing the top rank in WalletHub’s comprehensive job-market strength and economic health analysis,” analyst Cassandra Happe told MyNorthwest. “With a vibrant job market, diverse opportunities from tech hubs to rural areas, and one of the highest average monthly starting salaries at $4,332, Washington offers a compelling environment for job seekers.”

Employment news: US employers pulled back on hiring in October, adding 150,000 jobs in face of higher borrowing rates

With the unemployment rate at 3.9% and labor force participation at the highest level since the onset of the pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 34 key indicators of job-market strength and economic vitality. The data set ranges from employment growth to the median annual income to the average commute time.

Following Washington in the rankings were Virginia, Utah, Vermont and Florida. The worst states for job-seekers are Louisiana, Kentucky and Mississippi, with West Virginia ranking dead last.

Washington has fewer than 4.2% of people living below the poverty line.

“The state’s commitment to worker well-being, including robust employment protections and no state income tax, contributes to its status as the top choice for those seeking fulfilling and rewarding careers,” Happe said. “Workers can also feel confident with robust protections for things like paid sick leave, equal pay regardless of gender, measures against sexual harassment and more.”

More on living in WA: Inflation slows, but Western Washington consumers still gasping for air

She explains that the past few years have been volatile for job seekers from massive unemployment to worker shortages.

“Living in one of the best states for jobs can help you not just secure a career, but also improve your chances of getting competitive wages, good benefits and high job security,” Happe said.

MyNorthwest News

maple valley horse killed...

Frank Sumrall

Maple Valley horse killed by gunshot wound, second incident last two months

A horse was found dead in her pasture in Maple Valley Monday with a gunshot wound to her forehead.

2 hours ago

atmospheric river...

Ted Buehner and Bill Kaczaraba

Flood, wind advisories in place as another atmospheric river bombards Western Wash.

A strong frontal system will move across Western Washington Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

3 hours ago

abdominal muscle heart health...

Micki Gamez

Study: Large abs can lead to increased risk of heart disease

A new study claimed men with larger abdominal muscles are at a greater risk of heart disease later in life.

3 hours ago

Image: An embryologist works on a petri dish at the Create Health fertility clinic in south London,...

Matt Markovich

Washington Senate passes bill criminalizing fertility fraud

The bill would make the practice an assault in the third degree, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

13 hours ago

Image: The Washington State Capitol campus in Olympia....

Matt Markovich

Possible constitutional challenge to income tax initiative spotlighted during hearing

Behind the scenes, opponents, Democrats in the House and Senate, have searched for legal landmines that may render the initiative invalid.

16 hours ago

FILE - A sign stands over a Wendy's restaurant . (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)...

Heather Bosch

You know about ‘surge-pricing’ for rideshares; how about your lunch?

Uber-like "surge pricing" may be coming to a fast food restaurant near you.

17 hours ago

Ranking: Find out why Washington is the best state to find a job