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The 20 worst states for finding a job

In some states, the conditions are prime for job hunters: A strong job market, growing industries and a high median annual income. In other places, not so much.

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 takes into account 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 on the hunt for a new position, but don't want to find yourself striking out, here are 20 states you might want to avoid.

20. Idaho

Job market rank: 28
Economic environment rank: 36

Boise, Idaho
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Boise, Idaho

19. New York

Job market rank: 31
Economic environment rank: 34

New York, New York.
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New York, New York.

18. South Carolina

Job market rank: 38
Economic environment rank: 27

Vacation apartments on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
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Vacation apartments on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

17. Ohio

Job market rank: 30
Economic environment rank: 37

Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio

16. Montana

Job market rank: 42
Economic environment rank: 23

Butte, Montana
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15. Missouri

Job market rank: 22
Economic environment rank: 39

Branson Missouri's downtown with waterfront.
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Branson Missouri's downtown with waterfront.

14. Georgia

Job market rank: 17
Economic environment rank: 44

Atlanta reflected in the lake of Piedmont Park.
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Atlanta reflected in the lake of Piedmont Park.

13. Hawaii

Job market rank: 7
Economic environment rank: 49

A beach along the Kona Kohala Coast, Hawaii.
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A beach along the Kona Kohala Coast, Hawaii.

12. Arkansas

Job market rank: 24
Economic environment rank: 43

Little Rock, Arkansas
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Little Rock, Arkansas

11. Pennsylvania

Job market rank: 26
Economic environment rank: 47

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

10. Wyoming

Job market rank: 49
Economic environment rank: 2

Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

9. North Carolina

Job market rank: 36
Economic environment rank: 46

Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Raleigh, North Carolina.

8. New Mexico

Job market rank: 45
Economic environment rank: 17

Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Albuquerque, New Mexico.

7. Alaska

Job market rank: 48
Economic environment rank: 11

Nagleys Store in Talkeetna.
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Nagleys Store in Talkeetna.

6. Oklahoma

Job market rank: 46
Economic environment rank: 26

Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Tulsa, Oklahoma

5. Mississippi

Job market rank: 43
Economic environment rank: 40

Madison is part of the Jackson metro area in Mississippi
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Madison is part of the Jackson metro area in Mississippi

4. Alabama

Job market rank: 44
Economic environment rank: 41

Birmingham, Alabama.
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Birmingham, Alabama.

3. Kentucky

Job market rank: 40
Economic environment rank: 50

Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky

2. Louisiana

Job market rank: 50
Economic environment rank: 28

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

1. West Virginia

Job market rank: 47
Economic environment rank: 48

Charleston, West Virginia
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Charleston, West Virginia