It took six years for Nevada to climb from worst to first in job growth.
According to Gallup, Nevada ranked first in job creation in 2016. The results, based on a survey of employed Americans, indicates that 49 percent of respondents in the state said that their place of employment is expanding its workforce, while only 9 percent said that the workforce was being reduced. Nevada ranked last in job creation in both 2009 and 2010.
Other states with strong job creation include Utah, Georgia, Michigan, and Minnesota. States such as Wyoming, Alaska, West Virginia, Montana, and Oklahoma had the weakest job growth last year.
Gallup noted that struggling states were the ones tied to the energy industry.
Wyoming, North Dakota, Louisiana, Alaska, Oklahoma and West Virginia all ranked in the top four states for job creation in either 2008, 2009 or 2010, when the price of oil often soared. In both of the last two years, with oil prices much lower than a decade ago, all but North Dakota have ranked in the bottom 10.