The 50 state economies, from worst to first

Here's how all 50 states rank on eight economic measures including GDP growth, housing prices, job creation and exports.

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Aug 18, 2014 7:15PM
"Now that the recovery appears to finally be taking hold, Business Insider decided to see how that recovery was being felt across the country."

Fewer people working.  Fewer full time jobs being created.  Fewer owner occupied residences. Food stamp and disability recipients doubled.  

Household incomes are down almost 10% while the cost of living is up almost 20%.

The gov and the Federal Reserve borrowed/printed $12 trillion and injected it into the economy to get $3 trillion in GDP growth.

Some recovery...
Aug 19, 2014 3:50AM
This article is pure media BS...I have seen California's economy first hand, and its in the toilet.  how can a bankrupt state be 2nd best ???  I see college graduates forced to leave the state due to NO JOBS THAT PAY on a weekly basis, I see o**** care putting small companies out of business on a monthly basis, and i see huge companies being forced to lay off workers constantly due solely because of lack of statewide sales numbers.  the fools reporting this should be ashamed of themselves for trying to spread misinformation and outright lies.
Aug 19, 2014 5:05AM
No freaking way is CA number 2 in the nation - this article is a blatant lie.  CA's unemployment is one of the highest in the nation, their cost of living is second only to NY and they have the highest taxes in the US. Businesses are leaving CA in droves. This article is a liberal democrat lie in the extreme. Hell even Hollywood studios are not making movies in CA to avoid the taxes.

This article was written by a pathological liar.

Aug 18, 2014 7:49PM
And here I thought California was bankrupt.
Aug 18, 2014 8:47PM
I'm so glad California is above Texas. Now would all you California idiots please move back there. 
Aug 19, 2014 6:54AM
How do I get sucked into reading these articles?   
Aug 19, 2014 3:30AM
What a joke! California is second?! NO WAY! They obviously left out ALL of the San Joaquin Valley where unemployment rates range from 11% to 38% depending where you live in this cesspool! There has been NO boom in the economy here! 
Aug 18, 2014 9:19PM

Wow, this article doesn't use standard criteria for determining a states economic health.

Nor does it have numbers for each state in all categories that it does 'measure'...

...although I'm using the term 'measure' loosely as the authors don't appear to be measuring anything except the feelings that they have about each of these states and the ability of the author to fool the reader into thinking something can be gleaned from this nonsense.

Here are some valid economic health indicators:

1) Unemployment rate

2) GDP

3) Inflation rate

4) New business starts

5) Business failures

6) Foreclosure rate

7) Housing inventory

8) Housing starts

9) Median income fluctuation

10) Population gain/loss

They fall into these categories:

1) Procyclic

2) Countercyclic

3) Acyclic

With these timing types:




Aug 18, 2014 8:01PM
No surprise as to Colorado claiming number 1...the pot industry is driving things along there. Smokin' hot!
Aug 19, 2014 7:27AM
Florida in the top 10???? Are you F'n kidding me???? This writer has to be insane!!!! Florida has a massive amount of unemployed people throughout it's borders. Jobs are so scarce here that we have to wait for people to die then the hundreds of people needing jobs flock to try to get that job upon hearing of the employee's death like vultures over a dead carcass. This writer has no F'n idea what he is talking about.
Aug 19, 2014 7:08AM
So this seems like a "year vs prior" type of doesn't take into account a state's overall economic health, does it?
Aug 19, 2014 7:11AM
The important question is, where did Colorado rank, BEFORE pot sales were legal?? 
Aug 18, 2014 8:10PM
Blue Sky Redux - It sounds like you don't like South Dakota for some reason.
Would you care to elaborate on your comments.
Maybe you should come here it's not a bad place to live and it isn't always cold.
During the summer we get lots of nice warm weather.
Spring and fall aren't so bad either.
Winter can have a lot to offer like skying and snowmobiling along with ice fishing.
The cost of living isn't bad either although wages may not be as high as other states you don't need as much money here to live well here.
Have a nice day :-)
Aug 19, 2014 8:10AM
The economy is in the toilet because it is a turd shat by the lyin' POS Obama. And his libtards and he still try to blame Bush 6 years later when it was assinine to blame him for the Dem's housing loan policies in the first place.

Typical libtard/turd moron revisionism. Voting for the amateur once, too stupid. Twice, stupid squared  (geometrically stupid).

Aug 19, 2014 9:30AM
Alaska's Oil reserves depleted? What a typical liberal revision.  Alaska's Oil reserves are under the thumb of a Democratic President and Senate.  Open ANWAR, and find out just how "depleted" Alaska is. My God, what a bunch of pathetic tripe.
Aug 19, 2014 6:16AM
This rating system is screwed. New York is 29th? Colorado is first?
Aug 19, 2014 10:04AM
Well there's five minutes of my life I'll never get back. California's in second place? What a bunch of nonsense.
Aug 18, 2014 10:34PM
How did California get to be # 2? They don't  have any water. If you don't have water then nothing lives. I see the Western States in a few years being the worse. Mississippi isn't the worse.  However, Mississippi is the most loveliest place in the United States and it is the most friendliest, and the most charitable. There are people who have cultural background in the Arts too.
Aug 19, 2014 9:00AM
Obviously whoever wrote this article didn't see the hoard of illegal aliens pouring over the border, in fact they should just give Arizona back to Mexico, because nobody would be able to tell the difference, except the American taxpayer would be able to stop subsidizing all the illegals.
Aug 19, 2014 9:40AM
another scam, California is a joke. bankrupt, shrinking gdp...many bankrupt counties,  record people in poverty
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