Best and Worst States to Work in America 2021
Each year, the Best States to Work Index ranks the US states on compensation and conditions for workers.
Workers in the US face dramatically different conditions based simply on where they live. As the federal government has failed for decades to pass updates in labor laws, it’s fallen to the states to determine wages, conditions, and rights.
The result is an ever-changing crazy patchwork of laws, which have deepened inequality on geographic lines, and left millions of working families struggling to stay afloat.
The 2021 index includes a special ranking of Best States for Working Women.
Explore the 2021 interactive map to see how the states score.
- See the 2021 map standard edition
- See the 2021 map of Best States for Working Women
Previous editions of the BSWI
- 2020 edition map
- COVID-19 special edition: Best and Worst States to Work in America – During COVID-19
- 2019 edition
- 2018 edition
Full data in this spreadsheet