Here’s the No. 1 state for jobs in the U.S. — and it’s not California or New York

20 Mar 2019

The U.S. economy added 304,000 jobs in January, but not all jobs are created equally

The U.S. added 304,000 jobs in January, as the country continued to enjoy the best labor market in decades.

But even as the economy gains jobs at a breakneck pace, not all workers will benefit equally from the booming jobs market. That depends where those people choose to live and work — and while populous states like New York and Texas may seem the most attractive for job-seekers, it’s Iowa that may be the best bet for people looking for work.

Iowa ranked as the best state for jobs in the U.S. in an analysis conducted by job-search site Zippia based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

The ranking judged states on the following criteria: Improvement in unemployment over the past year, the state’s unemployment rate currently, how home prices compared with median income and how residents’ income improved year-over-year.

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