Top 10 States least attractive for IT Pros

Top 10 States least attractive for IT Pros

Top 10 States least attractive for IT  – As an IT Pro looking for advancement one of the keys is the size of the overall labor market and the employment rates are critical.  Supply and demand are the critical components of both promotions and salaries.

These states typically have higher unemployment rates and do not have a lot of “national headquarters” which is were the IT organizations resided.  In some of the states there are one or two large IT organizations but with that comes a limited pool of organizations that IT Pros can look at for employment.

The 10 states to fall into this category along with the July 2015 state unemployment rates are:

  1. West Virginia – 7.5% – highest unemployment in the nation
  2. Nevada – 6.8% – environment and water issues
  3. Alaska – 6.8% – remoteness
  4. Mississippi- 6.7% –
  5. New Mexico – 6.5%
  6. South Carolina – 6.4%
  7. Alabama – 6.2%
  8. Louisiana – 6.2%
  9. Arizona – 6.1%
  10. Tennessee – 5.7

On the plus side  Utah has been a full employment state thru most of the last several years with high demand for IT Pros with a “great life style”.

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The National unemployment data provides a measure of the health of the over-all labor market.  A more granular metric is one that considers local condition – i.e. state and local unemployment.


Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.