Connecticut had the worst job market in 2014, according to the Gallup Job Creation Index
, followed by Alaska, New Mexico and West Virginia.
The Index reflects both full-time and part-time workers' reports of hiring at their workplaces and whether their employer is "expanding the size of its workforce, not making changes, or letting people go and reducing its workforce."
Connecticut scored a +16, with 33 percent of workers saying their employer is hiring and 17 percent letting go.
Following Connecticut as having the worst hiring climate were three other New England states — Maine, +19, and Vermont and Rhode Island, both with a +21 score.
"Notably, six other low-ranking states last year are geographic pairs: New York and New Jersey, West Virginia and Kentucky, and Mississippi and Alabama — reinforcing that the jobs climate often reflects regional, not just state-specific, factors," according to Gallup.
"The exceptions to this in 2014 were New Mexico and Alaska, both regionally isolated from other hiring-challenged states."
The Constitution State's crumbling economy and high unemployment rate was the major issue in the 2014 gubernatorial election. In winning re-election, Gov. Dannel Malloy promised to restart the economy and lure more jobs, particularly in biotech, nanotech, fuel cell technology and stem cell research, according to the New Haven Register
With a +36 score, North Dakota led the nation for hiring conditions, according to Gallup. In 2014, 48 percent of North Dakota workers reported that their employer was hiring, while just 12 percent said workers were being laid off.
Texas, Nebraska and Wisconsin were next, all tied at a +31.
Gallup points out that the states creating the most jobs all rely on the energy sector or farming commodities, or both.
North Dakota's employment boon can be attributed to the Bakken oil fields, according to The Washington Post
"The state's population has boomed, its median income has climbed more than 10 percent in the past six years, and its unemployment rate, 2.7 percent, is the lowest in the country," the Post reported last month.
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