Study: R.I. 4th-worst state in nation to hire workers

RHODE ISLAND is ranked as the fourth-worst state in the nation to hire workers, in a study by Career Cloud. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island is the fourth-worst state in the nation to hire workers, according to a study by Career Cloud. 

The job-posting website ranked states based on their tax friendliness to business, using data from the Tax Foundation, population growth using the latest census data, education levels, diversity and job-opening rates. 

Data showed the Ocean State ranked 27th for best diversity among job candidates, 35th for best influx of talent, No. 35th for highest percentage of adults with bachelor’s degrees, 40th most-favorable business tax policies and 41st lowest job opening rate. 

Florida was ranked the best state to hire workers. Researchers said the Sunshine State ranked among the top 10 on measures of its tax friendliness toward businesses, its population growth rate and in diversity. It has the third-largest workforce in the nation and a pro-business government. While costs are rising along with demand, for now Florida also remains a relatively inexpensive place for both real estate and talent when compared to other states of a similar size. 

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Washington, Delaware, Nevada, Arizona, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, New Hampshire and Colorado rounded out the top 10. 

West Virginia was ranked the worst state for hiring due to poor scores on population growth, education levels, diversity, and the job openings rate. Louisiana and Ohio are the second- and third- worst states for hiring, respectively. 

Across the rest of New England, Connecticut was 13th best, Maine was 27th, Massachusetts was 36th and Vermont was 39th. 

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