N. Dakota Again Tops Job-Creation List, D.C. Second

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For the fifth straight year, North Dakota led the country in job creation in 2013, according to Gallup data. Rhode Island, meanwhile, experienced the weakest job creation in the country.

North Dakota earned a Job Creation Index score of 40, a full 10 points ahead of its nearest competitors, South Dakota and the District of Columbia. Rhode Island earned just 12 points, earning one point less than New Mexico and Vermont.

(The index measures net hiring by surveying U.S. workers to see if their firm “is hiring new people and expanding the size of its workforce. …The index score is the difference between reported ‘hiring’ and ‘letting go,’” according to Gallup’s Lydia Saad.)

Net hiring increased throughout the country in 2013. The average index score was 20, up from 18 in 2012. Most states’ scores stayed relatively stable, though Delaware’s increased by 15 points. California and Florida both saw seven-point jumps.

Besides North Dakota, Nebraska and Texas also have ranked high on the Gallup list for five years in a row. The two states earned scores of 29 and 27 in 2013, respectively.  Rhode Island and Connecticut have both appeared near the bottom of the index every year since 2008. New York has been in the bottom tier for the last four years.

Saad concluded, “The good news about the Gallup Job Creation Index nationally is that it has recovered from the net-negative reading Gallup recorded in 2009, and since then nearly all states have shown substantial improvement.”

The data are based on more than 208,000 interviews conducted throughout 2013 and have a margin of error of plus or minus one percentage point.

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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