Washington came in at No. 1 overall, taking the top spot for economic environment and coming at No. 7 for job market. It also has the second highest average starting salary, so Washington is a good bet if you want to not only find a job, but find one that pays well.
Just behind that is Colorado, which also made the top five for job opportunities, employment growth, average starting salary, unemployment rate, and median annual income. Which might make it more impressive than Washington. You'll also be living in a truly beautiful place among outdoorsy young people, so Colorado sounds more appealing than ever.
The bottom 10 brought bad news for the South and Appalachia. West Virginia came in last, making the bottom five for job opportunities, unemployment, and lowest median annual income. Job opportunities and unemployment were particular problems for the region. But Alaska also made the bottom 10 with long hours and the fewest job opportunities, highest unemployment, and second lowest average salary. But if you were looking to Alaska for work, you were probably looking in the wrong place. Plenty of bears, though.
To learn more about the breakdowns state by state, and see the overall ranking of the states, check WalletHub's full study.