7 Jobs That Will Be Gone in 10 Years

These 10 jobs are facing extinction
Fancy a Margherita? Robot serves up pizzas in France

11 of the Worst Jobs for a Relationship
10 Jobs That Will Be Hiring Like Crazy in 2017
15 Worst States in America to Make a Living in 2016
GOP "says" they want to create jobs but they don't have a very strong track record of actually creating jobs.
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Job Growth from Truman to Obama



Start of term
End of term
Jobs created
Jobs created per yr in office

George W. Bush


Bill Clinton


George H. W. Bush


Ronald Reagan


Jimmy Carter


Gerald Ford


Richard Nixon


Lyndon B. Johnson


John F. Kennedy


Dwight D. Eisenhower


Harry S. Truman


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Growth per Year in Office - Republican from Eisenhower through George W. Bush = 980,500 average

Growth per Year in Office - Democrat from Truman through Clinton = 2,020,000 average

Over the past 18 months, the Republicans have consistantly blocked legislation the help those looking for work and providing assistance for small businesses.

Over the past 18 months, the Republicans have consistently blocked legislation to increase safety measures on food products, mine safety and the drilling of deep water oil wells, among other legislation.

Over the past 18 months, the Republicans have blocked over 100 Obama appointees from being discussed and voted on, some for more than a year.

They have consistently pushed for a continuation of tax breaks for the wealth.

The GOP claims that continuing the tax cut for individuals clearing over $200,000 would add jobs. If that were true, how come the tax cut they are enjoying now isn't producing jobs?

Because small business owners haven't used that money to employ more people. They are pocketing it at the lower tax rate using it to gamble in the stock market. The corporations they are buying aren't using their profits to hire people - they are using them to increase the dividends to stockholders. This is in addition to millions of dollars they are spending on attack ads to buy Congress, and to push for deregulation that got us into this mess in the first place. Many corporations donate millions to organizations like the US Chamber of Commerce (who oppose legislation allowing workers to sue their employers if they are sexually assaulted on the job, Karl Rove and others to buy Congress at unprecedented rates for big expected future returns.

Tax breaks for the wealthy in exchange for jobs is a scam that doesn't work and never really has, and it's gone on far too long.

Fancy a Margherita? Robot serves up pizzas in France

PARIS June 27 (Reuters) - For many people, the smell of a pizza fresh from the oven and lovingly crafted is a culinary delight that's hard to beat. But now that hand-crafted pizza has a rival: pizza made by robot.

French start-up Ekim wants to change and speed up the way pizza is made and served using a pizzaiolo robot the company hopes to soon install in an autonomous 24/7 restaurant.

The robot's gestures have been programmed to match those of real-life pizzaiolos, or pizza-makers, and with three arms it can make several pizzas at the same time.

"We are not faster than a pizzaiolo as we make a pizza in 4 minutes and 30 seconds because the pizzas are made on demand in front of the customer, we take time to cook them well, to put the ingredients," Ekim Chief Executive Philippe Goldman said.

"But the robot has three arms, can co-ordinate tasks and make several pizzas at once. So yes, making a pizza takes 4 minutes 30 seconds but we deliver one pizza every 30 seconds, which allows us to deliver 120 pizzas an hour when a pizzaiolo can only make 40 pizzas an hour."

The idea comes from two Ekim engineers from when they were students after they grew tired of eating low-quality fast food, the only meals they could afford at the time.

The robot is currently in a showroom outside Paris while Ekim searches for a location to start a pizza-making service, using produce from France and Italy.

Like with a vending machine, the concept would allow customers to order a freshly-made pizza at any time. Using an automated screen, they can chose from an array of pizzas, including the traditional Margherita and richer four cheese.

"People nowadays have less and less available time to eat, they hardly have 30 minutes to have lunch. Therefore, they have to chose between time and food quality. What we're doing is providing both," Goldman said.

Other restaurants around the world have used food automation to serve up meals, and one in California sees humans and robots making pizzas together.

But for some, a pizza can only be made by human hands.

"A human being is faster, he can tell if the dough is good or not," Naples-born pizzaiolo Vittorio Monti said as he served up pizzas in a Paris restaurant. "If there are any problems, the robot can't tell, but the pizzaiolo yes."

11 of the Worst Jobs for a Relationship

1. Casino worker (and other gaming service worker)

Many casinos are open 24/7/365. Workers at these types of establishments often work irregular hours, and they may even have to work on holidays. In addition to working during odd hours, casino workers may work around alcohol, gambling, and a party-like environment — this can place added strain on a relationship, too.

A 2010 study of Census data published by the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology found that gaming services workers had one of the highest divorce rates relative to other occupations. With a divorce rate of 31.4% (34.7% for gaming cage workers), this is exceptionally high when compared to the roughly 16% of Americans across all occupations who had been divorced or separated at the time of the data collection. And, to top it all off, gaming services workers are only paid a median salary of around $27,000 per year, per BLS estimates.

2. Massage therapist

We all know what it’s like to have that green-eyed monster emerge. In an publication, Helen Fisher describes jealousy as a “sickening combination of possessiveness, suspicion, rage, and humiliation.” It’s not unique to men or women, and even other species (like chimps and bluebirds) are faced with jealousy.

Given that the job of a massage therapist involves physical interaction, we probably don’t even need to explain why this occupation could place a burden on a relationship. “What type of clients did you have today?” and “What exactly did you do all day?” are some routine questions a message therapist may hear from a jealous significant other.

Massage therapists are paid a moderate salary — roughly $40,000 per year — to perform their services. According to the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology study, the divorce rate across this occupation is exceptionally high, at 38.2%.

3. Waiter or bartender

Bartenders are consistently around people who are consuming alcohol. They are assigned the task of being in the center of it all, as a big part of their job is to improve the customer experience. It requires a certain degree of people skills to bartend, and some people are really great at it.

When you’re in a relationship, however, this job can be a source of problems. Bartenders may not know exactly what time they’ll be home from work — they often have to wait until all of the customers leave the establishment so they can perform their side-work before leaving for the night. The Journal study found that bartenders have the second-highest divorce rates, at 38.4%.

Waiters may face similar challenges to bartenders when it comes to maintaining a relationship. Odd hours, coupled with a unique work environment, can cause strain on any couple. Plus, waiters and bartenders may face financial issues, as they generally work for tips, which is a notoriously inconsistent form of income.

4. Athlete, entertainer, or dancer

Famous marriages, separations, divorces, and remarriages are often in the public eye. And with a 28.5% divorce rate among athletes, performers, entertainers, and related workers, there’s no shortage of juicy gossip in this arena. Maybe it’s the nature of the industry that places a strain on relationships: A large amount of travel, attention, and stress can place a burden on any couple.

Dancers and choreographers are in a similar boat. Rated No. 1 for the occupation that’s most likely to get divorced, dancers and choreographers have a 43.1% divorce rate.

5. Police and firefighters

Police officers and firefighters have some of the most dangerous jobs in modern America. Every day they leave the house, there’s a distinct chance that they can be injured or killed on duty. There are also other things that can stem from the everyday stress these public servants are subjected to, like mental health issues. For those in a relationship with someone holding one of these jobs? It can make it tough.

6. Politics

You’d have to imagine that it’s not easy being in Melania Trump’s shoes. Or Michelle Obama’s. Or anyone who’s married or in a relationship with any politician, really. Just look at what happened to Anthony Weiner. Or, if you really want your stomach to turn, watch the first episode of the show Black Mirror.

7. Military jobs

Being in a relationship with someone in the military, depending on the specifics, can be rough. Deployments can last for months or years. There’s a real chance that your loved one can come home severely injured or disabled — or be killed in action. The stress of the job can cause disorders like PTSD to develop as well, which can make a relationship even more difficult to handle.

8. Pilots and flight attendants

People who work in the airline industry can make it tough on their partners. They’re gone a lot. Traveling to different and exotic locales can put a strain on any relationship, especially if there’s jealousy or other underlying issues. Not only that, but the job is incredibly stressful. Pilots have hundreds of people’s lives in their hands, for example. And attendants? They put up with all kinds of abuse from passengers.That can make people difficult to deal with when they do arrive home.

9. Corporate executives

When you’re at or near the top of an organization, it’s a whole different ball game. You’re suddenly responsible for everything and everyone — and what they do, say, or screw up. There’s a reason these people tend to make so much money, after all. Power can also go to people’s heads. You might be the boss at work, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the boss at home. Or in the relationship.

10. Media

Whether you’re a reporter or political pundit, working in the media can take its toll. Newspaper reporters, for example, have notoriously bad pay and work long hours. That’s not going to be pleasing to most spouses. And if you’re a notable, famous, or even semi-famous figure? That can attract all kinds of attention that can be hard to deal with, both negative and positive.

11. Teachers

You hear the horror stories, but nothing really replaces the actual experience of being an elementary school teacher. You have roughly 25 kids that you are responsible for each day, all with varying backgrounds, abilities, and mental states. You have an administration that always wants more from you, constant changes in curriculum, and at least one parent every year that thinks you’re the reason why their little “angel” isn’t excelling. Adding insult to injury, the pay is low and lunch breaks are short. Don’t forget to buy some classroom supplies with your own money because of budget cuts. By the time you head home, you’re exhausted and running on empty for your own kids and family. Sure, you get some summertime off, but that’s just enough time to crawl your way back from insanity only to have to face a fresh batch of chaos.

7 Jobs That Will Be Gone in 10 Years

Things change — be it due to technology advancing, an influx of cheap or foreign labor due to globalization or shifting immigration patterns, or even just a change in consumer tastes. Yet, despite the fact that many industries and jobs seemed doomed to the dust bins of history in the near future, many Americans remain stuck in a sort of denial — seemingly oblivious to the fact that they’re due for replacement. It’s strange and interesting, even when we should be looking forward to automation and robots taking the reins from humans to take care of certain jobs for us.

Jobs, businesses, and industries come and go with time. A very small few tend to survive through the generations, and it’s unlikely that even some of the biggest names in business today will make it to the next century. Things change, economies evolve. There’s not much you can do about it.

And when that happens, the jobs change too. It’s not easy to tell which jobs are on the endangered species list, but by looking at the numbers, we can get an idea.

By looking at employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics related to job growth and decline, we were able to pinpoint a handful of jobs that are sharply and rapidly shrinking — and which may be almost completely gone within the next decade. Of course, these jobs will probably always exist in some fashion (we even have horse and buggies to this day), their roles are quickly diminishing. So, they might not be fields you want to try to break into.

Here are seven jobs that might be gone in a decade.

1. Drivers - The world will always have drivers of some sort, and we’ll probably still be driving in 10 years. But the writing is on the wall, and there are a lot of resources being dedicated to handing over the wheel to automation. Self-driving cars are only a few years away, and when the switch happens, it’s not just our own personal vehicles which will be autonomous — it’s Uber vehicles, long-haul eighteen wheelers, public buses…everything, really.

2. Farmers - Not all farmers will disappear within 10 years, but as we’ve seen over the past couple of generations, their role will diminish. At one time, most Americans were farmers. Now, there are only 2.2 million across the country. And it’s a shrinking field. Technology is making it easier for fewer people to produce more yield, and it’s likely that indoor farms, and even lab-grown meats, will start spiking in popularity. The new batch of farmers may resemble scientists and biologists more than anything.

3. Postal workers - The number of postal workers is dwindling, and there are numerous reasons for that. Private companies are taking on some of the burden — like UPS, FedEx, and others. But like many other entries on this list, technology is the main culprit. Mail carriers can’t deliver an email for you, after all, and as the mail system’s facilities become more automated and technologically capable, fewer people are going to be needed to run them. Postal workers have been pegged as America’s fastest-disappearing job.

4. Broadcasters - In an age when Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite have been replaced with Wolf Blitzer and Brian Williams, many people have already labeled broadcast journalism as dead. Of course, this is another industry that won’t disappear completely, but it is shrinking, meaning that the few positions that are out there will become even more competitive. Generally, broadcast news reporters don’t make much money, either. It’s a hard job, that pays relatively little, and requires long hours.

5. Jewelers - What can you blame for the shrinking of the American jewelry industry? Mostly, it’s due to globalization. There will always be local jewelers, but most jewelry manufacturing has moved overseas to contain costs. According to the BLS, there aren’t even that many jewelers left in the U.S. — around 33,000 or so. And that number is set to drop another 11% in the next eight years.

6. Fishermen - Professional fishermen face threats to their jobs on all fronts. The technology is clearly getting better, meaning that fewer people are required to run an operation. But imports of seafood and farm-raised fish are becoming more popular, and cheaper. There’s also the issue of overfishing to take into consideration and the fact that climate change is having a big effect on marine life, and stocks of available fish.

7. Printers and publishers - Publishing and printing, at least in the old-fashioned sense on a desktop, is an endangered industry. Technology has brought it to the digital realm, and we’ve seen the aftermath in declining newspaper readership, and the rise in the popularity of ebooks. We’ll always publish books and periodicals, but the folks who have been trained in the old ways of producing them are likely to find themselves out of a job in the near future.

These 10 jobs are facing extinction

New technology, automation and changing business trends and consumer habits are driving significant job losses in some industries. As the job market evolves, some once-thriving professions are disappearing.

CareerCast recently examined data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as its own online jobs database, to identify the 10 most endangered jobs of 2016.

With an anticipated 28 percent decline in employment by 2024, mail carriers top the list of dying jobs. Although many Americans communicate these days by email and text instead of snail mail (the U.S. Postal Service), CareerCast says the mail carrier field has another formidable foe.

"The bigger impact on the postal field's hiring outlook for the future is the automation of sorting and processing," says Kyle Kensing, CareerCast online content editor, in a press release.

According to CareerCast, these are the 10 most endangered occupations in the U.S. (and their outlook through 2024):

1. Mail carrier: 28 percent decline
2. Typist/Word processor: 18 percent decline
3. Meter reader: 15 percent decline
4. Disc jockey: 11 percent decline
5. Jeweler: 11 percent decline
6. Insurance underwriter: 9 percent decline
7. Seamstress/tailor: 9 percent decline
8. Broadcaster: 9 percent decline
9. Newspaper reporter: 8 percent decline
10. Computer programmer: 8 percent decline


10 Jobs That Will Be Hiring Like Crazy in 2017

The job market goes up and down, and sometimes it can be difficult to predict which fields are going to do well, and which will see little or no job growth at all. The minimum wage debate has been monopolizing much of the news coverage lately, and there are still several jobs that don’t even pay minimum wage. Thankfully, some of these jobs pay fairly well once you count tips, but not all of them are going to see continued job growth.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released information on the 20 occupations with the biggest change of employment between 2014 and 2024. Looking for a job in one of these fields or occupations is a great idea if you are hoping to change fields, have a potentially more stable job with a positive future outlook, or you want to know where to look for abundant jobs.

The occupations included in the Bureau of Labor Statistics list vary greatly when it comes to the field that they fall under, so there are opportunities for many different kinds of positions, from wind turbine service technicians to personal financial advisors. Some positions require little education or training, and some require a Master’s or even a doctoral degree.

Here are 10 of the jobs that you can bet will be abundant next year.

1. Wind turbine technicians - It’s no surprise that wind turbine technicians are at the top of this list. According to, the projected growth of the wind industry is 404.25 gigawatts across 48 states by 2050 (a projected increase of 180.15 GW since 2030). As a result, we will certainly need technicians to install and repair the wind turbines. If you’re comfortable working with heights, and you like to work outside, then this might be the job for you. The typical entry-level education is some college but no degree, and the median annual wage was $51,050 in May 2015. Plus, the field is growing quickly: Employment of wind turbine service technicians is projected to grow 108% from 2014 to 2024.

2. Occupational therapy assistants - If you enjoy helping people recover, or you want to help people improve their ability to work and live each day, but you don’t want to become a full occupational therapist, then becoming an assistant or aid is a possibility. Assistants and aides can help provide the therapy or give support, and work with the therapists. Therapy assistants need an associate’s degree, and may need to be licensed; aides usually have a high school diploma.

The 2015 median pay was $54,520 per year, or $26.21 per hour. Work experience in a similar field often isn’t required, and the employment change was a noteworthy 40% from 2014-2023.

3. Physical therapy assistants - Similar to occupational therapists, this is a great job for someone who likes to help others. Physical therapy assistants work directly with the therapists to help patients recover from an injury or illness. The median pay is slightly lower than it is for occupational therapy assistants and aides ($42,980 per year, or $20.66 per hour), but the employment change is also 40%. The required education is also similar.

Many people find that assistant therapy positions can be very fulfilling, and since the pay is also decent, this can be a great choice if you want a job that is projected to keep hiring.

4. Home health aides - Unfortunately, home health aides don’t get paid very much ($21,920 median per year, or $10.54 per hour), and this may cause some people to shy away from these positions. However, the work is certainly meaningful, as aides help people who have an illness, disability, or impairment. They can work with older adults, and work in the patient’s home, but can also work in a group setting or day services program.

The job outlook is 38%, which is certainly promising, but this is one job which requires you to determine whether or not taking this job would harm your budget. No formal education is required, and short-term job training is available.

5. Nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives - If you’re willing to go through some school or educational classes, you might find that it’s worth your time in order to get a job in this field. With a median pay of $104,740 per year ($50.36 per hour), these jobs certainly pay well enough for many people. The job duties for each position can vary by state and by practice, but often nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as midwives, have many varied and interesting job duties. A Master’s degree is required for these positions, but the job outlook is 31%, which is still much faster than most occupations.

6. Physical therapists - You probably noticed that physical therapist assistants are facing a strong job outlook, and physical therapists are projected to do almost as well (34%). You will need a doctoral or professional degree, but the median pay for 2015 was $84,020 or $40.40 per hour. Like the assistants, therapists help patients improve their movement, manage pain, and help prevent further issues as well. Benefits of this career include making a difference, becoming a movement expert, having job security, (potentially) loving your job, and having location flexibility and the opportunity to become an entrepreneur.

7. Statistician - Like analyzing things? Want to make $80,110 per year (or $38.51 per hour)? If you’re willing to get a Master’s degree, you won’t have to worry about work experience or on-the-job training. Statisticians are seeing a 34% job growth outlook, and enjoy using statistical analysis and methods to look over data and help fix problems. Statisticians can work in many different fields, and also many different locations. About 15% of statisticians work for the federal government, 14% are in scientific research and development services, and 13% pursue finance and insurance.

8. Operations research analyst - This is another position that requires a great deal of analysis and math. These analysts also use mathematical and analytical methods, and they focus on helping organizations handle issues and solve problems. The median pay was $78,630 per year in 2015 ($37.80 per hour), and the job outlook is 30% growth. Most operations research analysts work full-time in office settings, so if you like to sit at a desk this might be a great fit for you. However, if you are someone who likes to move around and be outside, then you might need to consider a different job.

9. Personal finance advisors - Most people want more money, right? If you choose to become a personal financial advisor, you can help people make wiser decisions when it comes to money, and hopefully provide intelligent and helpful financial advice to people from all walks of life. All you will need is a bachelor’s degree, and long-term on-the-job training is often available. The job outlook is 30%, and the median pay was $89,160 per year, and $42.86 per hour in 2015. This is also a position that can bring you to almost any city or state in the country, because financial advisors are needed everywhere.

10. Genetic counselor - If you’re willing to get a Master’s degree, becoming a genetic counselor can be an extremely interesting career, and will allow you to study DNA. The median pay in 2015 was $72,090, or $34.66 per hour, and the job outlook was 29%. Genetic counselors meet with individuals or families, and help determine the risk of inherited conditions. They also can provide information to health care providers. You may work in your own office, at a hospital, or at a doctor’s office. You will need to become certified in order to be a genetic counselor.

15 Worst States in America to Make a Living in 2016

We all want to make a good living, but the rat race doesn’t provide the same course obstacles in every state. America’s status quo now includes a painfully obvious split economy. Some citizens are experiencing a rebound in prosperity, while others are dumbfounded by the use of “recovery” in headlines. Either way, location plays a major part in your personal finances.

The United States is a collection of mini-economies. recently analyzed every state to find where workers have the best or worst shot to make a good living, based on employment statistics and living expenses. The financial site evaluated the five key factors listed below.

  • Median wages: Median annual wage data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • State tax rates: MoneyRates analyzed the state tax information collected by the research group Tax Foundation.
  • Cost of living: Data was sourced from the Council for Community and Economic Research’s Cost of Living Index.
  • The unemployment rate: Data sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Incidents of workplace illness, injuries, and fatalities: This workplace safety data is from the BLS, which sourced data from employer reports to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

After finishing second on the list in 2014 and first in 2015, Texas ranks as the fifth best state in 2016 to make a living. Wyoming steals the crown from the Lone Star State after finishing third last year. Washington and Virginia round out the top three. Wyoming and Washington both lack a state income tax, which boosts their rankings. Above average incomes and low cost of living is also a key component in the best ranking states. The worst states will have you reaching deep in your pockets.

Let’s take a closer look at the 15 worst states in America to make a living in 2016.

15. Connecticut - You’ll be seeing the northeast quite a bit on the list. Connecticut ranks as the No. 15 worst state to make a living. The state’s median income of $43,830 is the highest on the the list, but it’s quickly spent considering Connecticut’s cost of living index is 131.8. Furthermore, the state’s unemployment rate is relatively high. Overall, New Jersey and New Hampshire both rank better than Connecticut. On the positive, Connecticut’s work environment safety is inline with the national average.

14. Arkansas - The supposed “Land of Opportunity” does not rank favorable. Arkansas ranks as the No. 14 worst state to make a living. The state has a low cost of living, but salaries are also low. The average median income is only $29,420. In fact, Mississippi is the only state in the nation with a lower median income ($29,000). The state tax on median income comes in at $1,299, while Arkansas has a relatively low unemployment rate and a better-than-average workplace safety rating.

13. Nevada - Nevada is known for it’s dry climate and Sin City. However, it also ranks as the No. 13 worst state to make a living. Nevada doesn’t necessarily rank poorly on cost of living, taxes, or workplace safety, but the median income of $33,700 and a high unemployment rate holds Nevada back. Nevada was one of the hardest-hit states when the real estate bubble popped, and is still trying to make a full recovery. On the positive, Nevada doesn’t have a state income tax.

12. South Dakota - While it’s northern sibling ranks as one of the best states to make a living, South Dakota ranks as the No. 12 worst state to make a living. The biggest difference between North Dakota and South Dakota is income. South Dakota’s median income is only $30,780, compared to North Dakota’s median income of $38,170. South Dakota’s cost of living index is a reasonable 102.5, it’s unemployment rate is among the lowest in the nation, and there is no state tax on income.

11. New Mexico - New Mexico ranks as the No. 11 worst state to make a living. The state has a low median income of $32,320 and a high unemployment rate. On the positive, taxes on the median income come in at a decent $1,304, and workplace safety is inline with the national average. Residents looking for more favorable conditions may want to check out neighboring states Texas and Colorado, which both rank in the top 10 best states to make a living.

10. Rhode Island - Rhode Island continues to find itself as one of the worst states in America to make a living, ranking No. 10 on the list in 2016. The state has a high cost of living that is typical for the northeast. Rhode Island also has a higher-than-average unemployment rate. On a positive note, the median income of $39,050 is one of the higher amounts on the list, and the state tax on median income totals $1,464, which is significantly lower than New York and Maine.

9. South Carolina - South Carolina managed to stay off the 10 worst list last year, but ranks No. 9 in 2016. The state suffers from low median income and high unemployment, two dangerous financial situations for any household. State income taxes are also on the high side compared to other states. However, residents can take comfort in a lower than average cost of living, and a safer work environment. South Carolina only has three workplace incidents per year per 100 workers. The national average is 3.6 workplace incidents.

8. Montana - Montana ranks as the No. 8 worst state in America to make a living in 2016. Residents enjoy an average cost of living and a relatively low unemployment rate. However, the great outdoors comes at a steep price. The state median income is only $31,970, one of the lowest on the list. Furthermore, Montana has the fourth-highest workplace accident incidents, with 4.6 per year per 100 workers. In comparison, Wyoming ranks as the No. 1 best state to make a living in 2016. It has a median income of $38,280, no state income tax, and only 3.7 workplace incidents per year pear 100 workers.

7. New York - After avoiding the list last year, New York ranks as the No. 7 worst state to make a living. The median income of $41,600 is one of the highest in the country. Unfortunately, New York has the second highest cost of living in the country, too. Taxes are also high as the state tax on median income totals $2,346. On the positive, workplace incidents are below the national average, and the vast amount of job opportunities and energetic environment still makes New York City one of the best cities in the world.

6. Vermont - Vermont ranks as the No. 6 worst state to make a living. The state’s median income of $37,040 is respectable, but like most of the northeastern states, its cost of living erodes the value of a dollar. Vermont’s cost of living index is 123.8, compared to 118.2 in New Hampshire and 114.7 in Maine. Vermont also has the second highest rate of work-related illnesses and injuries in the nation (5.1 per year per 100 workers). The silver lining is that Vermont has a low unemployment rate, and cheaper state income taxes than most of the states on this list.

5. California - California ranks as the No. 5 worst state to make a living. The state merely switched places with Vermont compared to last year. While California has a median income of $39,830, its cost of living index is a whopping 134.3, the third highest in the country. Making matters worse, California has relatively high unemployment, and workplace incidents are about average.

4. Maine - Maine ranks as the No. 4 worst state to make a living, which is one spot better than last year. The state is a challenging place to live. Maine has the highest rate of work-related illnesses and injuries in the nation (5.3 per year per 100 workers), and the fourth highest income tax burden. The median income is only $34,710, while the cost of living is above average. On the positive, Maine has a low unemployment rate.

3. West Virginia - West Virginia ranks as the No. 3 worst state to make a living. The state initially ranks decent in terms of cost of living and income taxes, yet its median income of $30,240 is the third lowest in the nation — if you can find a job. West Virginia also has a high unemployment rate and an above average rate of workplace incidents. By comparison, Virginia ranks as the No. 3 best state to make a living, with affordable living and an impressive median income of $38,180.

2. Oregon - Once again, Oregon finds itself as the No. 2 worst state to make a living. The state’s cost of living index is almost 30% above the national average at 129.5 (slightly higher than last year). Oregon’s median income of $37,808 does little to ease the pain of income taxes at $3,102, the highest in the nation. Residents can take comfort in a relatively average unemployment rate.

1. Hawaii - Paradise is not cheap. In fact, it comes with the biggest price tag. Hawaii ranks as the worst state in America to make a living in 2016. The state’s cost of living index is a staggering 168.6, easily the highest in the country and 68.6% above the national average. That quickly erodes the median income of $38,750, while income taxes of $2,482 on the median income only adds to the financial pressure. Aside from the beautiful surroundings, residents enjoy a low unemployment rate and an average safe workplace.

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