The 15 best states for landing a job

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In the market for a new job? You might want to consider looking to the Midwest.
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Looking for a new job? You might want to consider broadening your search to include Utah, Colorado, or North Dakota.

Those three states topped U.S. News’ recently released best states for employment ranking, which is part of its overall 2017 Best States list.

To determine which states hold the strongest employment opportunities, U.S. News ranked each on three factors: unemployment rate, job growth, and labor force participation, which measures the percentage of the population that is either employed or actively looking for a job. You can read a full breakdown of the methodology here.

The Midwest dominated the list, earning six of the top 15 spots, with both North and South Dakota finishing in the top five.

Job seekers take note: These are the 15 best states for landing a job.


15. Texas

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Houston.
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Population: 27.47 million

Job growth rank: 5

Labor force participation rank: 21

Low unemployment rate rank: 23


14. Maryland

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Annapolis, Maryland.
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Population: 6.01 million

Job growth rank: 35

Labor force participation rank: 13

Low unemployment rate rank: 17


13. Idaho

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Boise, Idaho.
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Population: 1.65 million

Job growth rank: 8

Labor force participation rank: 33

Low unemployment rate rank: 10


12. Wisconsin

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Milwaukee.
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Population: 5.77 million

Job growth rank: 27

Labor force participation rank: 12

Low unemployment rate rank: 16


11. Hawaii

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Population: 1.43 million

Job growth rank: 20

Labor force participation rank: 36

Low unemployment rate rank: 5


10. Vermont

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Montpelier, Vermont.
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Population: 0.63 million

Job growth rank: 44

Labor force participation rank: 16

Low unemployment rate rank: 7


9. Iowa

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Des Moines, Iowa.
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Population: 3.12 million

Job growth rank: 32

Labor force participation rank: 7

Low unemployment rate rank: 10


8. Minnesota

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Minneapolis.
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Population: 5.49 million

Job growth rank: 22

Labor force participation rank: 1

Low unemployment rate rank: 10


7. Nebraska

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Omaha, Nebraska.
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Population: 1.9 million

Job growth rank: 28

Labor force participation rank: 2

Low unemployment rate rank: 9


6. New Hampshire

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Population: 1.33 million

Job growth rank: 31

Labor force participation rank: 5

Low unemployment rate rank: 1


5. South Dakota

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Pierre, South Dakota.
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Population: 0.86 million

Job growth rank: 34

Labor force participation rank: 4

Low unemployment rate rank: 1


4. Massachusetts

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Worcester, Massachusetts.
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Population: 6.79 million

Job growth rank: 17

Labor force participation rank: 11

Low unemployment rate rank: 3


3. North Dakota

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Fargo, North Dakota.
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Population: 0.76 million

Job growth rank: 16

Labor force participation rank: 3

Low unemployment rate rank: 3


2. Colorado

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Denver.
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Population: 5.46 million

Job growth rank: 2

Labor force participation rank: 10

Low unemployment rate rank: 7


1. Utah

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Salt Lake City.
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Population: 3 million

Job growth rank: 1

Labor force participation rank: 6

Low unemployment rate rank: 6