First, a new poll and index from Gallup, which asked more than 100,000 employed people whether their companies are expanding or contracting, and provides an index score from the difference between the two.
Second, the change in seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, from the annual average for 2010 to the annual average to date, with data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Finally, each state’s 2010 average annual income, also with BLS data. Using z-scores (a measure of each state’s performance relative to the mean), each factor was equally weighted.
Employers with expanding workforces: 32%
Gallup job-creation score: 14
Average annual income: $44,438
Unemployment change, 2010 to 2011: -1.99%
7. South Carolina
12. District of Columbia
16. New York
19. North Dakota
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