The Silver State scored +40 on the Gallup organization’s 2016 Job Creation Index, an annual ranking of economic health based on nightly polling of employees about hiring activity in their workplaces. Averaged over the course of a year, Gallup index scores represent the percentage of workers saying their organizations are hiring, minus the percentage who say their organizations are cutting staff.
Nevada ranked dead last in 2009 and 2010, but has risen steadily since then. The state’s gaming and tourism industries have rebounded strongly from the Great Recession. Meanwhile, surging warehousing, logistics and manufacturing industries have paved new avenues for job growth.
Wyoming presents a picture of stark contrast. It led the nation in job creation when Gallup started the index in 2008. Now it brings up the rear, rating an anemic +2. The six lowest-scoring states all depend heavily on energy production to sustain employment.
The national job creation average for 2016 was +32.
Best states for job creation
1. Nevada (+40)
2. Utah (+38)
3. Georgia, Michigan (+37 tie)
4. Minnesota, South Carolina, Washington (+36 tie)
5. Wisconsin (+35)
Worst states for job creation
46. Louisiana (+20)
47. Montana, Oklahoma (+19 tie)
48. West Virginia (+15)
49. Alaska (+14)
50. Wyoming (+2)
Source: Gallup 2016 Job Creation Index, January 2017