With five million more job openings in the U.S. than there are employees to fill them, workers have more leverage than they have had in years. They are using that power — and unprecedented mobility — to demand a welcoming environment and great quality of life in the places they work.
CNBC’s annual America’s Top States for Business study pays particular attention to quality of life. Now, with workers increasingly holding the cards, researchers for CNBC insisted it is especially important to their methodology.
The study’s Life, Health and Inclusion category considers factors such as crime rates, environmental quality, and health care. For the first time in 2022, the study also considers the availability of childcare, which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found is a major obstacle for parents seeking to reenter the workforce.
The study also looked at inclusiveness of state laws in areas like protections against discrimination and voting rights.
CNBC found that some states are particularly welcoming. But these ten states fall short.
7. New Mexico
4. South Carolina
Read the full report at https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/14/these-10-states-are-americas-worst-places-to-live-in-2022.html.