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While millions of struggling Americans are considering all kinds of smart moves to make ends meet—taking on extra work, cutting corners in their household budgets, or even considering the benefits of bankruptcy—others may be considering literal moves from state to state as some prove to outweigh others in what they can offer on the job front.

Are you one of the many still looking for work? Well you’ve come to the right place. Or, at least, the place where you can find the best “places” to find work, as Gallup has published its latest Job Creation Index, providing a state-by-state comparison of which states predominately hired and fired in 2010.

So, without further adieu, here is the most recent look at the top ten states for jobs based on Gallop’s Index :
#10 – Iowa
Percent Hiring: 29.9
Percent Letting Go: 17.1
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (Dec. 2010)
GDP Per Capita: $36,751 (28/51)
Median Household Income: $50,422 (23/51)

#9 – Oklahoma
Percent Hiring: 31.7
Percent Letting Go: 18.0
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (Dec. 2010)
GDP Per Capita: $35,268 (34/51)
Median Household Income: $45,507 (40/51)

#8 – Texas
Percent Hiring: 32.1
Percent Letting Go: 18.1
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (Dec. 2010)
GDP Per Capita: $36,484 (29/51)
Median Household Income: $47,143 (35/51)

# 7 – Maryland
Percent Hiring: 34.3
Percent Letting Go: 19.1
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (Dec. 2010)
GDP Per Capita: $48,285 (5/51)
Median Household Income: $65,183 (3/51)

#6 - West Virginia
Percent Hiring: 32.5
Percent Letting Go: 17.1
Unemployment Rate: 9.7% (Dec. 2010)
GDP Per Capita: $32,219 (45/51)
Median Household Income: $40,627 (49/51)

#5 – Arkansas
Percent Hiring: 32.5
Percent Letting Go: 16.0
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (Dec. 2010)
GDP Per Capita: $31,946 (46/51)
Median Household Income: $39,392 (50/51)

#4 – Alaska
Percent Hiring: 35.1
Percent Letting Go: 15.8
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (Dec. 2010)
GDP Per Capita: $42,603 (10/51)
Median Household Income: $63,505 (5/51)

#3 - South Dakota
Percent Hiring: 29.9
Percent Letting Go: 8.9
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (Dec. 2010)
GDP Per Capita: $36,935 (26/51)
Median Household Income: $48,416 (29/51)

#2 - Washington D.C.
Percent Hiring: 36.8
Percent Letting Go: 11.4
Unemployment Rate: 9.6% (Dec. 2010)
GDP Per Capita: $66,000 (1/51)
Median Household Income: $53,685 (15/51)

#1 - North Dakota
Percent Hiring: 37.6
Percent Letting Go: 8.2
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (Dec. 2010)
GDP Per Capita: $39,530 (20/51)
Median Household Income: $49,450 (27/51)

Click here for the full Gallup report.

Even though Gallop’s job-creating “top ten” states reveal employment growth in industries like agriculture, natural resources, and federal work, as The Huffington Post explains, the rankings can be a bit deceiving: “[N]ot all jobs -- or state economies -- are created equal, and many of the states on Gallup's list often create low-paying jobs. Arkansas, for example, ranks fifth best on Gallup's Job Creation Index, but its median household income is a $39,392, good for second-worst in the country. Maryland, on the other hand, might rank lower on the index, but it has the third-highest median household income in the country. Gallup based its rankings on nearly 200,000 interviews conducted only with employed adults. Interviewees said whether their company was hiring, not changing in size or laying off workers. The Job Creation Index number represents that difference between ‘the percentage reporting an expansion and the percentage reporting a reduction in their workforces.’”

So, before you pack up your things, take note:  even if you’re considering D.C or the Dakotas, these rankings aren’t definitive….and, in this lingering economic recession, neither is job certainty.

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