The best states for working dads in 2020 and how to get hired in them now

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In 2019, over 93% of dads with kids younger than 18 in the United States were employed. While many people have been furloughed or laid off as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, men are being let go less than women.

The rate of unemployment is not as severe for working dads as it is for working moms, but a new study determined that some dads definitely have it better than dads across the country.

As Father’s Day approaches, it’s a great time to look at what factors create the best environment for working dads. A new Wallethub study compared metrics across three general dimensions that affect working dads most: economic and social well-being, work-life balance, child care, and health. As a result, the study has found the best and worst states for working dads in 2020.

The best and worst states for working fathers

Massachusetts was found to be the best state for working dads in 2020 with a total score of 74.96. The New England state came in first for work-life balance and best child-care, third for economic and social well-being rank, and fourth for health rank.

The top 10 areas in the country for working fathers are:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Minnesota
  3. Connecticut
  4. District of Columbia
  5. New Jersey
  6. Rhode Island
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Iowa
  9. North Dakota
  10. Vermont

New Mexico is the worst state for working dads in 2020, with a total score of 35.85. The southwestern state came in last for economic and social well-being, 43rd for health, 47th for child care, and 22nd for work-life balance.

Check out how the top ten states ranked for each category and take a look at companies hiring $100k jobs in each of them right now.

1. Jobs in Massachusetts

For 2020, Massachusetts was found to be the best state for working dads. The New England state came in first for work-life balance and best child-care, third for economic and social well-being rank, and fourth for health rank.

Here are companies currently hiring in Massachusetts:

2. Jobs in Minnesota

Minnesota had a total score of 70.87 and came in first for economic and social well-being, second for child care, second for health, and ninth for work-life balance. The state also claimed the number one spot for highest men’s life expectancy.

Check out companies currently hiring in Minnesota:

3. Jobs in Connecticut

Connecticut had an overall score of 69.04 and came in first for health rank. The state came in second for child care, fourth for economic and social well-being, and 11th for work-life balance.

Below are current open roles in Connecticut:

4. Jobs in Washington, D.C.

The nations capital received an overall score of 65.70 for working dads. Washington, D.C. came in seventh for work-life balance, eighth for economic and social well-being and childcare, and ninth for the health rank.

Here are companies currently hiring in Washington, D.C.:

5. Jobs in New Jersey

The Garden State earned the fifth spot for working dads with an overall score of 65.47. New Jersey earned the seventh spot for work-life balance, eighth for child care and economic and social well-being, and 17th for health.

Check out current open roles in New Jersey:

6. Jobs in Rhode Island

With an overall score of 64.38, Rhode Island earned the third spot for work-life balance, the sixth spot for childcare, the 16th spot for health, and the 24th spork for economic and social well-being.

Here are current open positions in Rhode Island:

7. Jobs in New Hampshire

With an overall score of 62.58, New Hampshires rankings were varied across the categories. While the state earned the fifth spots for both the economic and social well-being category and the child care category, it landed the 33rd spot for work-life balance and the 20th spot for health.

Check out current open roles in New Hampshire:

8. Jobs in Iowa

Iowa came in eighth overall on the best states for working dads list, but claimed the number five spot for health, the number six spot for economic and social well-being, the twelfth spot for child care, and the nineteenth spot for work-life balance.

Check out current open roles in Iowa:

9. Jobs in North Dakota

North Dakota received an overall score of 61.53, and claimed the second spot for economic and social well-being. The state came in ninth for child care, 15th for health, and 39th for work-life balance.

Check out companies currently hiring in North Dakota:

10. Jobs in Vermont

The last on the top 10 list, Vermont is a great state for working dads as the state with the fourth best child care options and the seventh best health rank. Vermont came in 14th for work-life balance and 27th for economic and social well-being.

Check out roles currently open in Vermont:

Jennifer Fabiano is an SEO reporter at Ladders.