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The 10 Most Competitive States for Job Growth

When it comes to states that are gaining in job growth, North Dakota is a force to be reckoned with. In a recently released report from Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI), the Peace Garden State was found to be gaining the largest share of job growth creation in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. Texas is second, followed by the District of Columbia. The complete list is as follows:

The 10 Most Competitive States for Job Growth

  1. North Dakota
  2. Texas
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Indiana
  5. Utah
  6. Kentucky
  7. Minnesota
  8. Massachusetts
  9. South Carolina
  10. Colorado

To determine this list, EMSI compared projected 2012 job growth in each industry per state to actual 2012 job growth. For example, two years ago, North Dakota was expected to have 416,450 jobs in 2012. In reality, it had just under 466,000 jobs – almost 50,000 more jobs than expected.

On the other end of the spectrum, Nevada was found to be the least competitive state, with a projected job growth of 1,269,838 jobs and an actual growth of 1,225,839 (falling short 42,999 jobs). New Mexico, Rhode Island, Maine and West Virginia rounded out the bottom five. You can check out the complete list here.

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Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.
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