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California economy ranked high in healthy states analysis

California has one of the healthiest economies in the country. That’s according to SeniorLiving.org, which ranked the nation’s 50 states—and District of Columbia—by examining such things as unemployment, average wages and gross domestic product (GDP). The Golden State ranked third, with an unemployment rate in November 2019 of 3.9 percent, an annual average wage in 2018 of about $59,000 and a per capita GDP in 2018 of $75,800. Massachusetts topped the list with an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent, an average wage of about $64,000 and a per capita GDP of $83,000. Colorado was second. The unhealthiest of the bunch, according to the analysis, was Mississippi: The Hospitality State had an unemployment rate of 5.6 percent, an average wage of $39,400 and a per capita GDP of $38,500. A recently released Gallup poll showed 22 percent of Americans view the national economy as being in excellent shape, with only 8 percent saying the economy is poor.