Economic Mobility of the States

Economic Mobility of the States

While economic mobility varies by state and region, states in the South have consistently lower rates of upward mobility and higher rates of downward mobility than the nation as a whole, a study by the Pew Center on the States finds. The study, Economic Mobility of the States (3 pages, PDF), highlights key trends in absolute mobility (i.e., residents' average earnings growth over ten years) by state, as well as relative upward and downward mobility (the percentage who moved up or down significantly in rankings relative to their peers). In addition to the report, an interactive map and data table on the Pew site illustrate which states have higher or lower economic mobility compared with national and regional averages — Maryland, New Jersey, and New York have higher rates of absolute and relative upward mobility and less relative downward mobility, for example, while Louisiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina rank poorly on all three measures.