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November 28, 2022

Washington top state for businesses looking to fill positions

Washington state is No. 2 in the nation in terms of being able to find a job, even as the pandemic-impacted labor force has been experiencing its slowest recovery of any recession since the Second World War.

That’s according to a WalletHub report comparing all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the rate of job openings from the last 12 months.

The Evergreen State ranked second – behind the other Washington (D.C.) – per the personal finance website’s “2022’s States Where Employers Are Struggling the Most in Hiring” report released Thursday. Washington state’s rate is 5.69%, while the rate for the nation’s capital is 4.79%.

“Washington employers have the second smallest hiring struggle in the U.S.,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez explained in an email to The Center Square. “This is because the job opening rate for the latest available month (December 2021) was 5%. For the past year, the job opening rate was 5.69%.”

Those figures, she said, translate into good news for job seekers and workers in Washington state.

“Both these figures are among the lowest in the country,” Gonzales pointed out. “This is an indication that the state’s job market is strong, and people are satisfied with their jobs.”

That aligns with a Jan. 21 WalletHub report that found Washington state had the fourth-lowest resignation rate in the country.

Washington state’s Pacific Northwest neighbors fared as such: Oregon came in at No. 21 (6.85%) and Idaho was ranked No. 12 (6.87%).

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