Top 10 states for job growth in 2013

The top states' job-growth rates were all above 2 percent in 2013, which is above the national average of 1.7 percent, W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University reported. Between 2012 and 2013, 12 states had job growth over 2 percent and only one state lost jobs. 

The top 10 states for non-agricultural job growth in 2013, according to the W.P. Carey were:

  • North Dakota – 3.6 percent
  • Utah- 3.2 percent
  • California – 3 percent
  • Colorado and Texas (tie) – 2.9 percent
  • Nevada – 2.7 percent
  • Idaho – 2.6 percent
  • Florida – 2.5 percent
  • Washington – 2.2 percent
  • Arizona – 2.1 percent

North Dakota had a job growth of 3.6 percent between 2012 and 2013 and the state has been ranked No. 1 for multiple years, 

Nevada, Idaho, Florida and Washington are new the job top 10 list. These four states didn't see a large job growth in prior years. Nevada had the biggest improvement and moved from 19 to the No. 6 spot in 2013 and experienced a 10 percent growth in construction jobs – the most  out of any state, according to W.P. Carey.

States with the least job growth
The last 10 states for job growth in the U.S. were South Dakota, Virginia, Maine, New Mexico, Vermont, Wyoming, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and West Virginia, W.P. Carey reported. West Virginia is the only state to have lost jobs from 2012 to 2013 because of employment reductions in mining, construction and manufacturing. 

Businesses in growing states need to work with engineering and manufacturing recruiters to find the most qualified workers. Hiring the best will improve a business's bottom line and the state's.