NEW YORK - MAY 7: A job applicant (L) speaks with recruiter Renee Chandler (R) during an interview May 7, 2003 at the offices of Metro Support Group in New York City. The nation's jobless rate climbed to six percent in April, rising for the third straight month, adding up to half a million lost jobs. New York's job market has especially been hit hard, with many applicants being unable to find work. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Everyone wants a high-paying job that suits them. The U.S. continues to deal with the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but key economic indicators have mixed messages about this year’s economy. Commodity.com recently analyzed which states in the U.S. have the most job openings. Over the past two years, job openings have doubled to 7% from 3.5% amid COVID shutdowns in April 2020. Although the overall statistics do not tell the whole story, the hiring outlook varies widely by industry, as with many aspects of the current economy.

During the pandemic, many sectors with the highest job opening rates were the most challenging to work in. Job opening rates are also affected by geographic location. Accordingly, researchers ranked states based on the average job openings rate for the fourth quarter of 2021, the most recent quarter available. You’ll find a summary of the analysis below, including South Carolina’s ranking, North Carolina, and nearby states.

Here are the states with the most job openings.

  • 1. Alaska

    Okay, we have to give you the number one first. Most job openings for 2022? It goes to the state of Alaska.

    • Average job openings rate: 9.00%
    • Average hire rate: 6.17%
    • Average monthly job openings: 31,000
    • Average monthly hires: 19,333
    • Average monthly employment: 313,514
  • 2. Georgia

    Ranking number three is the nearby state of Georgia. It is right next door if you need to get a new job!

    Average job openings rate: 8.23%

    Average hire rate: 5.30%

    Average monthly job openings: 416,667

    Average monthly hires: 245,333

    Average monthly employment: 4,628,931

     

  • South Carolina

    Coming in at the rank of number eight! Way to go South Carolina. You can see the number of job openings below.

    • Average job openings rate: 7.87%
    • Average hire rate: 5.57%
    • Average monthly job openings: 184,667
    • Average monthly hires: 120,333
    • Average monthly employment: 2,161,677
  • North Carolina

    Not far behind is the state of North Carolina! NC pulled in at rank number eleven.ย 

    • Average job openings rate: 7.57%
    • Average hire rate: 5.07%
    • Average monthly job openings: 375,667
    • Average monthly hires: 232,333
    • Average monthly employment: 4,585,526
  • West Virgina

    Pulling in at rank number 15 in West Virginia. There are tons of different jobs open for the grabs!

    • Average job openings rate: 7.47%
    • Average hire rate: 5.13%
    • Average monthly job openings: 56,000
    • Average monthly hires: 35,667

    Average monthly employment: 694,805