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The Best and Worst States to Earn a Living

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Many people are still struggling to find work. And the job market is gloomier in some places than others. Money Rates put together their annual list of the worst states to make a living. It's a little depressing, but still worth a look. And on a more positive note, they also list the best states to earn a living.

Money Rates made their analysis by measuring each state's "Compensation and Quality Factor." This is a metric that includes:

  • Average salary
  • Cost of living
  • Employment rate
  • Workplace conditions
After analyzing the data of each state, here are the ten states in which they say it's hardest to earn a living:

  1. Hawaii
  2. New York
  3. Mississippi
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Connecticut
  6. Alaska
  7. Alabama
  8. Arkansas
  9. New Jersey
  10. South Carolina
The site suggests that, if you're having a hard time finding work in any of these states, you might consider expanding your job search to other parts of the country, if possible. They also offer a list of the best states to make a living:

  1. Washington
  2. Texas
  3. Minnesota
  4. Colorado
  5. Utah
  6. North Dakota
  7. Virginia
  8. Nevada
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Nebraska
Obviously, moving to another state is a huge decision, and one that's not going to be possible for everyone. But if your job search has grown desperate, and/or you're considering a move, these lists might be a helpful reference.

Check out the full post for more detail on each state.

Worst States to Make a Living 2014 | Money Rates

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