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Best And Worst States For Postgrads In 2014

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Stay away from the coasts and head for the Heartland, at least that’s what a study by The Fullbridge Program determined last month. The analysis took into account unemployment rates and demographic data to determine which states are the best and worst for recent grads to move to.

We’ll kick it off with the worst:

  1. District of Columbia – With an unemployment rate of 8.6% and job competitiveness index rating of 432, DC (while not a state) checks in as the worst place to move for recent grads. 51% of the nation’s capital has college degrees, making it the most difficult place in the country to find a job.
  2. New Jersey – Jersey has an unemployment rate of 8.9% and 35% of the population has college degrees.
  3. Connecticut – With 8.1% unemployment and 36% of residents have a bachelor’s degree.
  4. Illinois – There’s nowhere else to live in the state besides Chicago. Add into the fact that 31% of people in the state have degrees and the average unemployment rate is 9.3%, among the highest in the nation.
  5. Rhode Island – Shockingly enough, RI checks in with a sky high 9.1% unemployment and one third of the state has a degree. Tough sledding.

Now that we’ve seen the worst, let’s see where you should go get a job:

  1. North Dakota – Well, um. How many hours of sunshine are you willing to sacrifice for your career? Unemployment is an absurdly low 2.2% and only 27% of the population has a college education.
  2. South Dakota – Don’t like the sound of North Dakota? How about the more tropical Dakota? Unemployment is 4.1% and only 26% of the population received a fancy piece of paper.
  3. Nebraska – We’re seeing a trend here. The upper Midwest is ripe with job opportunities and the land of corn and…corn is full of jobs. Unemployment: 3.9%. Percentage of population with degrees: 28%
  4. Wyoming – Big Sky country. They got jobs up there. Unemployment is a tiny 4.7% and just 24% of Wyomingites have degrees.
  5. Oklahoma & West Virginia – Both of them tied in the job competitiveness index. West Virginia has a lower number of college grads, but Oklahoma’s unemployment rate is lower.

[via Investment News]

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Brian McGannon

What do I love? I love happy hour, a good golf tan, and getting moderately drunk during dinner.

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