The Midwest was the highest scoring region for Gallup 's Job Creation Index for 2012, but the index showed improvement across the nation. Only four states--Arizona, Delaware, Mississippi, and West Virginia--had lower survey scores than 2011. Gallup's Job Creation Index is based on employee reports of their own company's hiring activity, so we don't want to go overboard on what the data tells us her, but the trending is positive. Here is a look at Gallup's interactive map: On average in Gallup Daily tracking from January through December 2012, 43% of North Dakota workers said their company was hiring workers and expanding the size of its workforce, while 9% said their employer was letting workers go and reducing the size of its workforce, for a +34 Job Creation Index score. This is easily the best among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and is 16 percentage points above the national average of +18. North Dakota has ranked first four years in a row. Full results by state for 2012 can be found on page 2. South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, and the District of Columbia have also all ranked among the top states in hiring in 2011 and 2012. Maine is new to the bottom 10 states in 2012, compared with 2011, largely because its +10 Job Creation Index score was unchanged while most states showed improvement. Connecticut, Idaho, New Jersey, Oregon, New Mexico, New York, and California are the seven states that made a repeat appearance among the bottom 10 in 2012. Read the full report here .
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