Texas is the most popular destination
Alaska isn't alone in having difficulty attracting skilled employees. Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and Oklahoma also have trouble finding folks willing to relocate from areas with faster-paced lifestyles, Goss says. Some states have encouraged immigration to fill employment shortages, he says.
Tim Johnson, managing editor of online moving-services company Relocation.com, says few people are relocating these days, but Texas is the most popular destination for those who are.
Texas, like many of today's other economic bright spots, never had a housing bubble or bust. Its job market has remained relatively strong, in part because it is a major oil and health care hub.
"The clear winner is Texas," Johnson says. "People really see Texas as a place for good economic prospects."
Provo-Orem, Utah, which had an unemployment rate of 5.1% in March, was second on BusinessWeek.com’s ranking (24% of employers said they planned to hire next quarter). But Utah's low unemployment rate is misleading. The state has a young population, and workers in their 20s can easily vanish from the employment radar by moving in with parents or going back to school, says Mark Knold, chief economist for the Utah Workforce Services Department.
Utah still wants software engineers
Utah lost 50,000 jobs (4% of the total) in March, compared with a year earlier, Knold says. The job market has significantly worsened since early 2007, when the unemployment rate was just 2.4%, he says.
But Brandon Delgrosso, vice president for marketing at Doba, an Orem-based software company that connects suppliers with online retailers, says certain sectors are looking for employees — including information technology companies that, for example, are searching for software engineers, he says.
Doba, which has about 70 employees, hired about 15 sales workers this year and hopes to hire another 15 or 20 employees in July, he says.
"People are losing jobs and companies are losing jobs," Delgrosso says. "But there are still very specific jobs that they're hiring for. We still feel the crunch that the entire nation is feeling. But when you think of other states, we have a better situation out here."
The 10 best places to start over
If you've been laid off or are just looking for a new place to start your career — or life — over, here are places in the U.S. where companies are hiring and the quality of life is high. Click each place to learn more about it and why it made the list.
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Provo-Orem, Utah
- Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, Wash.
- Yakima, Wash.
- Omaha, Neb.,-Council Bluffs, Iowa
- Richmond, Va.
- Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Amarillo, Texas
- Washington, D.C., Arlington-Alexandria, Va., plus areas in Maryland and West Virginia
- There are even more places to consider starting over. Visit BusinessWeek.com to see which cities round out the top 20 best places for a fresh start.
This article was written by Prashant Gopal for BusinessWeek.
A few comments about Texas, I moved to Dallas to continue schooling and find you can still find apts for less than $500 a month! Try to do that in California not along the coast from frisco to San diego only far inland in agricultural places like Fresno or Sacramento but certanly nowhere along the coast. In 2008 something like 800,000 people moved to Dallas, Yes you can still find surburban detached sinigle family homes in south Dallas for 120K$. However you have to love or like hot weather. I am talking 70degrees in winter and 6 mos of 95+degrees temps and 2 months of 100+ temps. So unless your home is undergroung (which is a great new way to save money on energy costs, be prepared to pay big bucks for air conditioning. The people are genuinely true southerners, I was amazed at how many times I was addressed in stores by polite young people who say things like yes sir no sir and show respect to their elders something I have not since since I lived in Georgia as a young man. Wages are low but so are costs of living. The only thing I am really jealous of is the fact that Mcdonalds in Texas is the only place you can buy a genuine steak and egg and cheese bagel for about 3.76$ and tastes so good I can not have breakfast there without at least picking up 2 to go. To bad i can not convince Mcdonalds to sell them in California. I tried moving up to Oregon or Washington state area or the pacific north west. minimum wage is highest there in the nation over 9$ and hour but also subsequently it is hard to find a job because few people quit or want to give them up. They have a term in the pacific north west which is "Californification" in other words they do not want to see there state turnmed into another overbuilt high density population like California, also they use key phrases to dissuade Californians from trying to move there (probably because 2/3's of them are from Calif.) such as "it rains here all the time." It is true they have a highrer level of rain because both starts are green all year round whereas Calif. turns golden yellow after things dry out in spring. My advice is get a job before you attempt to move anywhere. My best choice if I could get a job would be Vancouver Wa. It is low property tax affordable housing state, but no state income tax. (like Nevada, fl;orida, and Texas) If you want to save money on sales tax you can drive across the columbia river and do all your shopping in Portland Orgeon where they have no sales tax. The best of both worlds, and a beautiful city to live in with only light snow in the winter. Do your homework before you pull up stakes and move anywhere.
Well, it's decent advice, if you are not behind on your mortgage, if you even have a roof over your head...and the chance of being able to sell your home, to take a new job, move, pay for moving, etc.
How about some advice for the single earner, unemployed, home owner...looking to keep their home and have an income!
This article is silly. First of all, with the exception of Washington DC (and surrounding area's), nobody really wants to live in any of these places, that's why there are jobs. I've been to all the cities and places on this list. I could go through them one by one telling you why nobody wants to live there (like Alaska for example, it's great to visit for a week or maybe 2, but live there? really, give me a break, or Provo Utah? You have to be kidding, that city makes Vegas and LA look honest) but I guess its just my opinion.
Second of all, the recession is global, moving to another state isn't really going to do anything. The jobs being offered now, at this moment in time, are a joke and paying about 1/2 what they should. If you have a job now, I would sit tight, don;t be such a whining nag at work, smile, and hang in there. This will pass, and things will get better. Moving to Provo (I'm still laughing about this) or any of these other ridiculous places is not going to solve anything.... it's like running from your shadow. The person that wrote this article must not have anything exciting to write about today...