Job hunting is never easy. For Alabamians looking for a job, it may prove to be even more difficult.
According to a new study of 2017’s Best and Worst States for Jobs by personal finance site WalletHub, the Yellowhammer State is among the worst states for jobs, ranking the 4th worst state in the county.
WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across 24 key indicators. Those indicators were filtered into two main categories: job market and economic environment. The job market consisted of metrics such as employment growth, underemployment rate, availability of internships and employee benefits. Meanwhile economic environment included metrics such as median annual income, average length in a work week and average commute time.
Within the two main categories, Alabama has a job market rank of 44 and an economic environment rank of 41.
Finding a Job in Alabama (1= best; 25=avg.)
- 44th: Job opportunities
- 24th: Employment growth
- 45th: Monthly average starting salary
- 46th: Unemployment rate
- 36th: Median annual income (adjusted for cost of living)
- 32nd: Avg. length of work week (in hours)
- 29th: Avg. commute time (in minutes)
- 30th: Job satisfaction
Unfortunately, Alabama is in good company with her neighbor states. Mississippi only did one better coming in as the 5th worst state and Louisiana ranked the 2nd worst state in the country.
For those Alabamians looking for a new job and a big change in scenery, Washington state and Colorado were named the best states for jobs.
Here’s how Alabama compares to the rest of the nation: