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November 29, 2023 | Tom Ballard

South ranks low in rankings of best places to work

Tennessee one of the higher ranked among those across the region.

We smiled when we saw how the Editors at WRAL TechWire played this study ranking the best and worst states for work. North Carolina came in #41, compared to Tennessee three spots lower at #44.

“NC scorned on ‘Best and Worst States to Work,’ ranking 41st,” the headline read.

To determine the best and worst states for workers, Peak Sales Recruiting analyzed the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Census Bureau, the Tax Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As is the case most of the time, the District of Columbia was also included, meaning 50 states and the District.

“We factored in eight metrics, including job and GDP (gross domestic product) growth, union representation, weekly hours worked, commute times, remote work, and earnings ratio, which measures the living wage needed to support a family against the median wage,” the company explained.

While the best states for workers aren’t geographically concentrated, the worst states are located mainly in the South. Mississippi ranked last at #51, followed by Arkansas (#50), Alabama (#49), Louisiana (#48), South Carolina (#46), and Georgia (#43). Kentucky at #31 was the highest ranked Southern state followed by Florida (#37).


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