15 Worst States to Find Work

There are several reasons why an applicant can’t land a job. Currently, the number one reason why you couldn’t is the recession. But the one thing applicants do not consider as a reason for their unemployment is the state they live in.

The rate of unemployment in your state is a huge factor in your chances of finding work. Naturally, the higher the state unemployment rate, the lower your chances are of landing a job. The US’ current unemployment rate is at 7.2 percent, which means, most states have similar or close unemployment rates.

Those states with unemployment rates less than 7.2 are the worst states to look for a job.

The latest figures from the Bureau of Labors Statistics shows 6 states with unemployment rates of 9 percent and more. These are:

1. Michigan … 10.6 percent

December 2007: 7.4 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 3.2 percent

Mean annual salary: $42,210

Michigan is second to California when it comes to the largest numerical decrease in employment; and second to Idaho when it comes to the largest percentage cut in employment since December 2008.

2. Rhode Island … 10.0 percent

December 2007: 5.2 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 4.8 percent

Mean annual salary: $42,210

3. South Carolina … 9.5 percent

December 2007: 6.2 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 3.3 percent

Mean annual salary: $34,650

4. California … 9.3 percent

December 2007: 5.9 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 3.4 percent

Mean annual salary: $45,990

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that California had the largest numerical decrease in employment since November 2008, with 78,200 jobs (followed by Michigan, New York, Illinois, Indiana and North Carolina, respectively.)

5. Nevada … 9.1 percent

December 2007: 5.2 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 3.9 percent

Mean annual salary: $16,750

6. Oregon … 9.0 percent

December 2007: 5.4 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 3.6 percent

Mean annual salary: $40,040

The report also indicates that there are 10 states with unemployment rates that are higher than the (7.2) national average. Along with the 6 states above, the following make up the top 10 states with the worse unemployment rates. 

7. District of Columbia … 8.8 percent

December 2007: 5.7 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 3.1 percent

Mean annual salary: $64,150

8. North Carolina … 8.7 percent

December 2007: 4.7 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 4.0 percent

Mean annual salary: $36,900

9. Florida … 8.1 percent

December 2007: 4.5 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 3.6 percent

Mean annual salary: $37,260

10. Georgia … 8.1 percent

December 2007: 4.5 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 3.6 percent

Mean annual salary: $38,320

The other 5 states that recorded higher than average unemployment rates are:

11. Mississippi … 8.0 percent

December 2007: 6.3 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 1.7 percent

Mean annual salary: $31,730

12. Tennessee … 7.9 percent

December 2007: 5.0 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 2.9 percent

Mean annual salary: $35,380

13. Kentucky … 7.8 percent

December 2007: 5.1 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 1.9 percent

Mean annual salary: $34,950

14. Ohio … 7.8 percent

December 2007: 5.8 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 2.0 percent

Mean annual salary: $38,640

15. Illinois … 7.6 percent

December 2007: 5.3 percent

Over-the-year rate change: 2.3 percent

Mean annual salary: $43,050

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that all 50 States and D.C. had significant increases in unemployment rates since December 2007. Rhode Island comes first with 4.5 percent, followed by Arizona and Idaho with 4.3 percentage points each, Michigan with 4.1 percentage points each, and Indiana with 3.7 percent. Nine other states along with the District of Columbia recorded 3 percent increases or more since December 2007, while 36 states had smaller, but still significant, increases.

Source: careerbuilder.com

 
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