Minnesota rose to top honors on Gallup's Job Creation Index. North Dakota, which had been the leading state for each of the last six years, hung on to a top 10 position. Gallup staffer Jeffrey M. Jones offers commentary on the poll. Jones writes:
Minnesota, with a 3.5% unemployment rate, added more than 40,000 jobs last year, according to state officials, with the biggest job gains in education and health, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.
This is the third time Minnesota has placed in the top 10 states since Gallup began tracking the Job Creation Index in 2008. Minnesota was also in the top 10 in 2012 and 2013, while just missing the cut in 2014. North Dakota and Nebraska are the only states that have ranked among the top 10 states in job creation each year in Gallup's eight-year trend."
Results for the poll are based on telephone interviews conducted throughout 2015 on the Gallup U.S. Daily survey, with a random sample of 203,484 employed adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.