With about $18.6 trillion in annual output, no economy is as large or as diverse as that of the United States. On a global scale, the United States dominates in certain industries, including automobile manufacturing, arms manufacturing, medicine, and higher educational institutions. Just as the United States specializes in certain fields internationally, each state’s labor market has a unique contribution to the national economy.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the location quotient of all occupations in each state, to identify the most iconic job in each state. The location quotient measures the relative concentration of jobs by comparing how common an occupation is in a state compared to how common it is nationwide. For example, crop farm workers comprise 0.02% of the nationwide workforce. In California, crop farm workers comprise 1.1% of the workforce. No other job in California is more concentrated compared to its concentration in the nationwide labor market.