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Best and Worst States to Work in America - 2022

Each year, the Best States to Work Index ranks the US states on compensation and conditions for workers.

The past few years have brought daunting challenges to workers: real wages declining in the face of historic inflation; COVID-19 and climate hazards making conditions more perilous; women losing fundamental rights to make decisions about their lives.

As Congress fails to act, workers are demanding, and winning, change. They’re organizing to form new unions, elect more helpful lawmakers, and press for changes in state laws. Workers and advocates are the reason that the best states are getting better; and they are the hope for the worst states.

This index ranks all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

Explore the 2022 interactive map to see how the states score

Previous editions of the BSWI

Full data in this spreadsheet


Dr. Kaitlyn Henderson

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