The economy of every state, ranked from worst to best
- The US economy is the sum of the economies of the 50 states and Washington, DC.
- Using six measures of labor-market and general economic health, we ranked all of those component economies from worst to best.
The US is a massive, complex economy, and so too are the component economies of the 50 states and Washington, DC, that make up the whole.
Business Insider combined six measures of labor-market and general economic health for all the states and the District of Columbia. They are the unemployment rate, job growth, per-capita GDP, GDP growth, average weekly wages, and wage growth. By putting all those on a common scale and combining them, we came up with an overall score for each state's economy.Click here to see our detailed sources and methods.
While the top of the list remains similar to our most recent ranking last quarter, with Washington, DC coming in first place, several states saw their fortunes rise or fall. South Dakota moved up from last place to 12th best overall, while Georgia fell from 11th to 35th.
Here's how the economy of each state and DC is doing right now: