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The 20 best states for finding a job

Between interview preparation, resume updates and facing rejection, job hunting can get tedious, so it never hurts to give yourself a leg up when you can. That includes deciding where to focus your search.

Personal finance site WalletHub ranked all 50 U.S. states to determine the most attractive states for employment. The ranking took two major factors into consideration: the job market (60 percent) and the economic environment (40 percent).

The job market ranking encompasses factors such as the number of job openings, employment growth rate and employment outlook in an area, while the economic environment ranking includes factors such median annual income and average commute time. You can read the full methodology here.

If you're looking for a new opportunity but aren't sure where to start, check out the 20 best states for finding a job.

Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, Maine.
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Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, Maine.

20. Maine

Job market rank: 14
Economic environment rank: 31

One financial advisor offered to arrange, and join, a client's bucket list trip to the Grand Canyon.
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One financial advisor offered to arrange, and join, a client's bucket list trip to the Grand Canyon.

19. Arizona

Job market rank: 20
Economic environment rank: 24

The Las Vegas strip.
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The Las Vegas strip.

18. Nevada

Job market rank: 37
Economic environment rank: 10

Wausau, Wisconsin
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Wausau, Wisconsin

17. Wisconsin

Job market rank: 8
Economic environment rank: 33

Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha, Nebraska

16. Nebraska

Job market rank: 21
Economic environment rank: 18

Wichita, Kansas
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Wichita, Kansas

15. Kansas

Job market rank: 33
Economic environment rank: 9

Hartford, Connecticut
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Hartford, Connecticut

14. Connecticut

Job market rank: 32
Economic environment rank: 12

Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Salt Lake City, Utah.

13. Utah

Job market rank: 9
Economic environment rank: 25

Montpelier, Vermont.
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Montpelier, Vermont.

12. Vermont

Job Market rank: 25
Economic environment rank: 13

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11. Texas

Job market rank: 35
Economic environment rank: 3

South Florida
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South Florida

10. Florida

Job market rank: 29
Economic environment rank: 4

Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee

9. Tennessee

Job market rank: 23
Economic environment rank: 6

Downtown Los Angeles at sunset.
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Downtown Los Angeles at sunset.

8. California

Job market rank: 12
Economic environment rank: 15

Shopping streets in Boston, MA.
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Shopping streets in Boston, MA.

7. Massachusetts

Job market rank: 2
Economic environment rank: 29

The sun sets over Shields Lake in Minnesota. The state is one of ten new members of the U.S. Climate Alliance.
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The sun sets over Shields Lake in Minnesota. The state is one of ten new members of the U.S. Climate Alliance.

6. Minnesota

Job market rank: 4
Economic environment rank: 21

Pedestrians walk along the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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Pedestrians walk along the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City, New Jersey.

5. New Jersey

Job market rank: 19
Economic environment rank: 5

Man riding bike in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.
Man riding bike in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

4. South Dakota

Job market rank: 10
Economic environment rank: 7

Nashua is a city in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire and is the second largest city in the state.
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Nashua is a city in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire and is the second largest city in the state.

3. New Hampshire

Job market rank: 6
Economic environment rank: 8

Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado

2. Colorado

Job market rank: 1
Economic environment rank: 19

Seattle, Washington.
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Seattle, Washington.