State Online College Job Market: Ranking the States ranks the states by how many job openings there are per college-educated workers overall and within industries and career fields.

Key Findings


In Massachusetts, 63 percent of job openings are for college graduates, while in West Virginia, only 36 percent of job openings are for college graduates.


College graduates have the worst odds of finding a job in West Virginia, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.


College graduates have the best odds of finding managerial and professional jobs in Massachusetts, Delaware, and Washington state; and find greatest challenges in West Virginia, Mississippi, and South Carolina.


College graduates seeking work in the consulting and business services sector should consider Delaware, Ohio, and Massachusetts; and avoid Rhode Island, New Mexico, and New Hampshire.

 

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States Online College Job Market: Ranking the States

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Disclaimer: Washington, D.C. is excluded from the state-by-state analysis because it is unfair to compare it directly to other states. (Comparing metro regions to states is generally not an apples-to-apples comparison). The primary reason is that D.C. is a central city that draws workers from the neighboring metropolitan areas in Maryland and Virginia, while state labor markets are more diverse and include both urban and rural areas. D.C. also has a high concentration of college jobs due to the presence of the federal government and international organizations. To learn more about Washington D.C. see pages 8,10 and 13 of the full report as well as our methodology here.

Full Report

State Online College Job Market: Ranking the States analyzes the online college labor market on a state-by-state basis. We examine the geographic distribution of online job ads for college graduates within industries and occupational clusters, and compare the relative strength of the online college labor market across states.

We estimate that between 60 and 70 percent of job openings are now advertised online, and that the online job market continues to grow each year. Nearly 4 million unique job advertisements are posted online each quarter.