A list by personal finance site MoneyRates.com ranks the best and worst states to make a living in this year and slots California as the second-worst in the country.
Another desirable location, Hawaii, finished dead-last for the seventh consecutive year.
The ranking is based on five factors: median income, cost of living, unemployment rates, state income taxes and workplace safety.
MoneyRates.com said the challenges in California are similar to Hawaii in that, “a fairly high median wage it devalued by a high cost of living and high state income taxes.”
The breakdown for California: median income ($40,920), state tax on average income (2.2 percent), unemployment rate (4.9) and incidents per 100 workers (6.0).