A new Gallup poll has West Virginia at the bottom of the list for the percentage of good jobs. This is the second year in a row that WV has the lowest percentage.
Only 38.3% of jobs in West Virginia are good jobs according to the poll. Alabama, New Mexico, Florida, and Mississippi are the other four states in the bottom five.
At the top of the list sits North Dakota with 51.5%, while Alaska, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Iowa round out the top five.
Gallup says Rhode Island is the most improved over these last five years, rising from 42.4% in 2010 to 46.0% in 2015, but West Virginia also showed improvement. WV rose from 32.9% in 2010 to 38.3% in 2015.
The number Gallup uses to rank the states is the percentage of the adult population who are over 18 and employed full time for an employer for at least 30 hours per week. It does not count adults who are self-employed, work fewer than 30 hours per week, who are unemployed, or are out of the workforce as employed in the percentage.
According to Gallup the differences in the rates of good jobs among states can be caused by a variety of factors, such as overall employment situation and the state’s demographic composition. The more older, retired people that live in the state, the lower the states rates of good jobs is going to be. West Virginia has the second highest rate of residents over 65, behind only Florida. The rates for the two states are 21.2% and 21.5 % respectively.
Gallup says that the results for this poll are based on telephone interviews conducted January 2nd through December 30th 2015, on the Gallup U.S. Daily survey, with a random sample of 355,270 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.