10 States With Largest Job Growth in 2013

April 15, 2013 |

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If you’re running into trouble in your job search, sometimes the problem might simply be the area you’re in. Job growth doesn’t happen evenly across the US, and in that vein, Kiplinger has compiled a list of ten states expected to see the largest job growth for the year of 2013. According to Kiplinger, “These 10 states will see the largest percentage gains in employment, each above the national average, expected to be 2% this year. Most are growing quickly to try and catch up from still-depressed levels of employment.”

1. Utah: Utah’s economy is diverse and includes manufacturing, farming, mining, tourism, and information technology. Companies like Google and Microsoft are currently expanding operations in the area, giving residents access to new jobs in IT and related positions.

  • Pace of 2013 job growth: 3.5%
  • Total number of jobs likely to be added: 43,965
  • Population: 2,855,287
  • Unemployment rate (Dec. 2012): 5.2%
  • 2012 job growth: 3%

 2. Nevada: Nevada’s economy was hit hard by the recent recession, which saw 14% of the total workforce jobless. The climb back has been slow, but in the past two years nearly 35,000 new jobs were created at companies like Zappos, Apple, and Urban Outfitters.

  • Pace of 2013 job growth: 2.7%
  • Total number of jobs likely to be added: 31,050
  • Population: 2,758,931
  • Unemployment rate (Dec. 2012): 10.2%
  • 2012 job growth: 1.7%

3. Hawaii: Tourism is Hawaii’s largest industry, and because the U.S. and Japan have embarked on economic recovery, it has steadily grown over the past few years. It’s predicted that service jobs are expected to grow by about 1,000 in the next five years.

  • Pace of 2013 job growth: 2.7%
  • Total number of jobs likely to be added: 16,200
  • Population: 1,392,313
  • Unemployment rate (Dec. 2012): 5.2%
  • 2012 job growth: 2%

4. South Carolina: The automotive industry has been one of the most successful in recovery, and over 8,000 jobs have been created since January 2011. Furthermore, Google is doubling its presence and Time Warner is planning on opening 600 new positions.

  • Pace of 2013 job growth: 2.5%
  • Total number of jobs likely to be added: 47,300
  • Population: 4,723,723
  • Unemployment rate (Dec. 2012): 8.4%
  • 2012 job growth: 2.1%

5. Colorado: Colorado is seeing job growth in nearly every single industry, and has outpaced the national average in job growth with a 4.1%  rate in the past three years. Visa has opened more than 400 positions, and Kaiser Permanente is expected to add 500.

  • Pace of 2013 job growth: 2.5%
  • Total number of jobs likely to be added: 56,900
  • Population: 5,187,582
  • Unemployment rate (Dec. 2012): 7.6%
  • 2012 job growth: 2.3%

6. Idaho: The education and health service industries are helping Idaho recover from losing 50,000 jobs during the recession. 4,600 new jobs have been created in the last year. Other industries that have contributed to growth are leisure and food production, namely dairy products like ice cream and Greek yogurt.

  • Pace of 2013 job growth: 2.4%
  • Total number of jobs likely to be added: 15,000
  • Population: 1,595,728
  • Unemployment rate (Dec. 2012): 6.6%
  • 2012 job growth: 2.2%

7. Florida: Florida has recently replaced about a quarter of the jobs lost during the recession, and the leisure and hospitality industries have taken the lead. Although increased tourism translates to increased need for new positions, construction is predicted to be the fastest growing industry for 2013.

  • Pace of 2013 job growth: 2.4%
  • Total number of jobs likely to be added: 175,985
  • Population: 19,317,568
  • Unemployment rate (Dec. 2012): 8%
  • 2012 job growth: 0.8%

8. Texas: Due to the energy industry, Texas has recovered all the jobs that it lost during the recession. Furthermore, Southwest Airlines, Ericsson, and Apple are planning on creating thousands of positions in the next few years.

  • Pace of 2013 job growth: 2.3%
  • Total number of jobs likely to be added: 247,850
  • Population: 26,059,203
  • Unemployment rate (Dec. 2012): 6.1%
  • 2012 job growth: 2.5%

9. North Carolina: Despite record unemployment numbers in 2010, employment in North Carolina is on the upswing, as occupations in retail, manufacturing, and government are expected to grow.

  • Pace of 2013 job growth: 2.1%
  • Total number of jobs likely to be added: 84,740
  • Population: 9,752,073
  • Unemployment rate (Dec. 2012): 9.2%
  • 2012 job growth: 2.6%

10. Arizona: Arizona has traditionally experienced persistent job growth, and this trend has helped it regain 31% of the jobs lost during the recession. Home building is on the rebound, so construction jobs are becoming more prevalent. Otherwise the top growing industries are healthcare, leisure, hospitality, transportation and warehousing.

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  1. All of my jobseekers here is some useful info.. I hope it helps…

  2. David says:

    The info on one of the states is exactly what I was looking for. I am in California ( I know, it's a dirty word!). I have friends that bought a condo there and they love it. I have traveled through but was never able to stop. I plan on taking a trip soon to look at laying out plans to open a business.

    Wish me luck.

  3. Steve says:

    Why no mention of the hottest booming state, S. Dakota… This place is busting wide open for both skilled and non skilled workers, you will actually be trained and make a Six figure income… Just takes hard work…

    • Wes says:

      Good point!

    • babsie says:

      My brother in law worked in Saudau for three months on and three months off back in the states. He made up to one hundred thousand dollars tax free but had worked in the West Texas Oil Field. They got their unlimited miles on the credit card and used it to travel to Ireland and other countries. He is an introvert and got along well.

  4. John b. says:

    Too many of the jobs called "job growth" seem to be menial and pay only starvation level wages. Veterans need to quit following the Pied Pipers and stop supporting the grafting politicians who are still shipping our jobs out of the country !

  5. Tony K says:

    I think they should have included the soon-to-be largest oil producing state in the country, North Dakota…The need for housing is unbelievable. Workers are paying $150.00 per night/$4,500.0 per month or $54,000 per year to live in a Man-Camp. The need for retail/office/hospitality & industrial will come once the roof-tops are in place. No infrastructure, because no one can believe the growth of 47 oil companies and thier vendors. "All need housing" for there employees!
    Wages are out of control with the need for refineries/pipeline workers. Workers who came to the "Wild West" came with low FICO Scores two years ago are now paying cash for $50,000 pickup trucks.
    The above mentioned states (except Texas), all have jobs, but the incomes are excessively low in nature to other states.

  6. D Zakk H says:

    I'll just say this about the oilfield (Having spent a quarter of a century in it), it's not for everyone. The hours are long (12 hour days and longer) , the work is hard and can be very dangerous, you are usually outside in the heat, cold, rain, etc. and it often goes in a boom and bust cycle. If you can't handle that sort of thing, don't even bother.


    • Mike Dugan says:

      I am sure you are right about the oil work. North Dakota has some of the most severe weather in the country and NO TREES! Can you imagine doing oil work in -45F weather? It also bakes in the summer with triple digit temps! The western part of North Dakota is almost God forsaken country. In the oil field region there are just small towns with little infrastructure…that is why you see trucks hauling sewage out of man camps! If you own a home with mineral rights there you are retired by now, as the Balkan shale formation is the only stable formation outside of Texas. Eastern Montana and Western ND is mostly desert and brush country and there is a woman behind every tree…except there are no trees!!

      • D Zakk H says:

        I've done that -45 crap in Wyoming……..at least I've worked my way up to a job that keeps me mostly inside and little physical work…….but I had to work my way up.

      • Karen says:

        Maybe I should move there to meet a decent man, since NC doesn't seem to have any real men. Former slave owners who treat everyone/thing as objects.

  7. Mike Dugan says:

    Look at the actual jobs being created. I suppose military retirees do not have to worry about paychecks since they are on the dole from Uncle Sam but for the rest of us and America, good jobs are hard to come by!

    • Richard says:

      On the dole? Twenty or more YEARS of civil and foreign service. Are you f$ing kidding me? Want an “actual” job? Try security for you and yourself when everyone looks the same and speaks in tongues so you can judge others from the comfort of the unemployment line because your legs are blown off. I’m on the dole so you can safely form opinions and not have to get dirty. Stay home and work on your résumé.

      • Soffy says:

        show some respect to the service members. my best friend went to war and had half his body blown off, to make shure YOU can sleep sound at night. i am in the millitary as well at the moment. So next time you disrespect anyone consider where YOU would be if we did not have the armed service.

    • babsie says:

      Excuse ME !! Employers LIKE prior military members as they RESPECT authority, take the initiative in ANY enviornment, and don't WHINE !

      I don't know if you were in the military or military long but with your attitude, I can see why you are not hired. Need to get a better outlook as enthusiasm and finding out about the company and what you can do for them NOT what they can do for you, will get the job.

      Suggest you go to a employment recruitment agency and they can help you find a job plus polish your job seeking skills.

    • babsie says:

      Just wanted to add how Mike seperates the military retirees from the rest of "us" and America.

      Do you not think that military retirees are not part of the rest of "us" and "America".

      Just think, we pay higher taxes so those that cannot get a job or other benefits can draw those monies while we work second and third jobs.

      Us retirees are the first class that they remove entitlements and increase premiums and money. So learn about what you speak before posting it.

  8. Kathleen Doyle says:

    I would like to know where in NV the job growth is. Starting salaries don’t match the rest of your top ten. Schools are suffering due to casinos not bringing in the revenue since CA Az have their own.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I don't believe the numbers for South Carolina. If there is job growth, it's focused on the upstate area, i.e., Greenville, and Fort Jackson, because Charleston is still hurting from the Navy Yard closing in the 1990s, the Air Force Base barely hanging on, and NAVFAC leaving. One promising employer in the Charleston area was Force Protection until General Dynamics bought them out and gutted the white collar jobs.

  10. David says:

    Are u all crazy with thos top 10, Norh Dakota is in the middle of a major oil boom

  11. Russ says:

    My fiance’ is coming from the Philippines. I want to live in an area where there are other filipinos and the job market is good. She has two sisters who live in Las Vergas. Any suggestions?