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8. Colorado

Of the 147,455 people who relocated to Colorado from other states, 17,654 came from California. Although the unemployment rate in Colorado increased from 8.1 percent to 8.9 percent during 2009-2010, it had nothing on California's 12.4 percent unemployment rate.

Like Washington, Colorado has a strong agricultural sector, and the presence of NORAD, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Air Force Academy make the federal government a major employer in the state. It was ranked third in CNBC's "Top States for Business 2010."

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