Will Your State Lead in Job Generation This Year?

Is 2014 going to be the year that job growth finally kicks into high-gear for the U.S.? Many economists are saying “yes.”

For job seekers in the West and South, where job growth is expected to be fastest over the next 11 months, the outlook is particularly rosy. And for the first time since 2008, less than one percentage point separates the jobless rates across the country’s four main regions.

With more than 2.6 million jobs projected to be created in 2014, even states that continue to feel the hardest effects of the recession expect to reap the benefits of employment acceleration. And as job growth continues its upward trend, 15 states have officially gained back all of the jobs that they lost during the Recession, further stimulating economists positive jobs outlook.

Although this has been recovered as the slowest recessionary recovery ever on record, it is expected that all states will have recovered the total number of jobs lost during the Recession over the next few years.

For more detailed information about which states will experience the fastest job growth in 2014, Stateline created this interactive state-by-state map.

Read the full-text Stateline article here.