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Kentucky is the Worst State to Find a Job In, New Study Says

In a new study released by WalletHub, Kentucky ranked last on the list of best states to find a job in.

Posted: Jun 10, 2021 11:38 AM
Updated: Jun 10, 2021 7:49 PM

A new study released on Wednesday by personal finance website "WalletHub" says Kentucky is the worst state in the United States when it comes to finding a job.

The findings of the study, which is titled "2021's Best & Worst States for Jobs," are based on 35 "key indicators" of job-market strength, opportunity, and a healthy economy, according to WalletHub.

Those indicators include things such as the number of job opportunities, employment growth, average starting salary, unemployment rate, annual income, time spent working, and more.

According to the study, Kentucky ranked number 50 on the list of best states to find a job, putting it in dead last.

While still relatively low on the list, Illinois ranked slightly higher than Kentucky at 44th on the list. Of the three states, Indiana ranked the highest at number 39 on the list.

You can hover over each state on the map below to see where it placed in the study's results.

Source: WalletHub

You can view the study in its entirety on

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