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Since the beginning of the pandemic, jobs have been separated into two categories: essential and nonessential. While nonessential workers got to stay safely at home, essential workers continued to come in, day in and day out.
From healthcare, to farmers, and protective services, not all workers had the luxury of socially distancing. Instead, they put themselves at risk, to keep us safe, fed, and society running.
However, America is a big country, and each state is made up of different workers and industries. Where in America were more workers deemed essential? And what states had more workers working safely at home or waiting for society to open before flipping the open sign? We analzyed the data to find the most, and least, essential states.
The Most Essential States
These states offered the most work in jobs that are now considered dangerous. Every day people are putting their lives on the line in order to serve others. If you didn’t see your state on the list and are wondering where you rank, check out the table below.
Each state was ranked equally on:
To find out the states with the most essential workers, we used data from the latest Census American Community Survey. The total number of workers in relevant industries was compared to the total number of workers in the state. The higher percent of workers, the more essential the state a.
And of course, the more people who kept working and kept society chugging along when a lot of other workers were sitting at home.
We chose the four industries above because they represent basic needs and cornerstones of American society.
Protective Services: 0.84%
Utah comes in first on the list with the most essential job offerings. The healthcare and production industries are the two most essential services in Utah with 5.16% and 6.31% of its workers in those industries respectively. Protective services only make up 0.84% and farming/fishing is only at 0.32%.
Protective Services: 2.08%
With 4.63% of its workforce in the health industry, Nevada is the second-highest on the list when it comes to having the most essential workers. Following behind the health industry are the state’s production, protective services and farming/fishing industries.
Protective Services: 1.04%
Coming in at No. 3 is the state of Connecticut. This ranking is due to the high percentages in the healthcare and production industries. Together, the two industries make up over 11% of the state’s total workforce. The farming/fishing industry only makes up 0.15%, while protective services account for 1.04%.
Protective Services: 1.26%
Just over 11% of total workers in Virginia are considered essential, with more than 9% coming straight from healthcare and production alone. Protective services and farming/fishing only account for 1.26% and 0.37% respectively.
Protective Services: 1.24%
Colorado made it as No. 5 on our list of having the most essential workers. Over 5% of the states’ entire workforce are in the healthcare industry alone, and more than 4% is dedicated to the protective services and production industries.
Protective Services: 1.14%
Texas is the sixth on the list with more than 10% of the workforce committed to a career in health or production. Workers in protective services and farming/fishing account for just over 1.5%.
Protective Services: 1.27%
The No. 7 spot is reserved for New Jersey with more than 6% of its workforce in the health industry. The next highest on the list of essential workers is the production industry coming just below 4%.
Protective Services: 1.50%
Maryland finds itself in the eighth spot of having the most essential workers with the majority of them being in the health industry. More than 6% that is. This state only boasts 2.77% of production workers, 1.5% protective services workers and 0.23% farming/fishing workers.
Protective Services: 1.07%
The No. 9 spot is taken by Massachusetts with a whopping 7.20% of its workforce being essential health industry workers. The rest of the 5% of essential workers make up protective services, farming/fishing and production industries.
Protective Services: 0.88%
The big 1-0 spot is filled by none other than Wyoming. While the health and production industries remain the highest percentages of essential workers here, this state covers a higher percentage of farming/fishing essential workers over protective services when compared to other states.
Conclusively, essential workers are important to the health and safety of the American people. If you haven’t already today you should thank one. For a more complete look at all of the essential workers in the U.S. by state, who are getting their hands dirty and taking care of fellow Americans, take a look at our table below. If our research shows us anything, it’s that we can count on our neighbors.
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