|A new Gallup poll says West Virginia is at the bottom of the list for the percentage of good jobs. This is the second year in a row that WV has the lowest percentage.|
Only 38.3% of jobs in West Virginia are good jobs according to the poll. Alabama, New Mexico, Florida, and Mississippi are the other four states in the bottom five.
At the top of the list sits North Dakota with 51.5%, while Alaska, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Iowa round out the top five.
The number Gallup uses to rank the states is the percentage of the adult population who are over 18 and employed full time for an employer for at least 30 hours per week.
It does not count adults who are self-employed, work fewer than 30 hours per week, who are unemployed, or are out of the workforce as employed in the percentage.
According to Gallup the differences in the rates of good jobs among states can be caused by a variety of factors, such as overall employment situation.
The more older, retired people that live in the state, the lower the states rates of good jobs is going to be.
West Virginia has the second highest rate of residents over 65, behind only Florida.
Gallup says the survey was January through December, with a random sample of 355,270 adults.
The job market has bottomed with the globalization of high paying employers in the steel industry, formerly the biggest employer in the state, with WalMart now the largest employer, in addition to the decline of the coal industry, manufacturing and union jobs.