Hint: It’s not Alabama, which is dead last.
By the way, if you’re a little confused about the state map at the top of this blog post, it’s Estonian. We embrace all cultures and national origins here at The Employer Handbook — especially when the map is one of the first hits on Google Images that I can use without violating copyright.
But, I digress. The purpose of this post isn’t to praise Estonia or bash Alabama. (I’ve been to Huntsville a few times to present for Northern Alabama SHRM, and I’m a fan.) Instead, I came across this Oxfam America study of The Best and Worst States To Work in America During COVID-19, and I said to myself,
“Self, how about plucking the low-hanging fruit of a clickbaity study that’s easy to cut and paste into a blog post?”
What can I say? Last night, that voice made sense.
This study examines “three dimensions and 27 data points,” but let’s focus on the former; otherwise, explaining 27 data points defeats the purpose of mailing this one in.
- Worker protections: Are states taking proactive measures to protect workers and their communities amidst a pandemic that involves a deadly airborne virus?
- Healthcare: How are states protecting their residents’ health during a pandemic, especially given the limitations of a health insurance system often linked to employment?
- Unemployment supports: How are states accommodating the millions who are suddenly, through no fault of their own, unemployed and without a steady income?
Before I peaked at the results of the study, if I were to wager on which state landed at No. 1, I would have spread my money around and bet on California, New Jersey, and New York.
And I would have been close, but no cigar.
Here are the Overall Top 5 (out of 50 states, plus DC and Puerto Rico):
2. New Jersey
3. California (1st in the Worker Protections category)
(New York finished 6th)
And here are the bottom five :
All data is based on policies and laws in effect between February 15, 2020 and July 1, 2020. Any executive order or state legislation passed after July 1 is not reflected in the index.
The most interesting
man in the world trend.
Oxfam America noted that there was little correlation between scores and COVID-19 infection rates.
Want to see your state’s scorecard?