10 States With the Fastest Rate of Job Growth, 2018

The U.S.

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The U.S. economy is humming along nicely. But how long can the good times continue?

Widespread growth spells even tighter labor markets, and that could start to crimp regional growth rates. Job openings have reached or are near record levels in all regions, and hiring is starting to slow because of the lack of qualified candidates. Certain metro areas have unemployment rates below 3%, including Denver; Madison, Wis.; Nashville, Tenn.; and the San Francisco Bay area. Look for hiring slowdowns to continue as more positions become unfillable.

Every year, The Kiplinger Letter forecasts economic growth in all 50 states. Check out the 10 states with the fastest projected rates of job growth this year.


Intern Cece Biagini also contributed to this package.

Glenn Somerville
Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter