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How Do U.S. States Rate?

Nobody knows for certain when the economy tanked this time around. Although our direct orders come from Washington, D.C., it’s a turn of events that continues to hold many at its mercy. But, the economy ebbs, flows and has been the focal point of conversation for years’ now and rightfully so.

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North Dakota currently has the lowest rate of unemployment.

Why? On the heels of the current economic state comes an outpouring of stories about cash-strapped U.S. states teetering on the brink of disaster, followed by disproportionately high unemployment rates.

Question: Which U.S. state currently has the lowest rate of unemployment? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the answer is North Dakota.

Though these statistics tend to fluctuate, below is a breakdown of how other states are faring in this drastically tough economic climate:

Rank/State/Rate: 
1, North Dakota, 3.2%;
2, Nebraska, 3.7%;
3, South Dakota, 4.4%;
4, Iowa, 4.9%;
4, Wyoming, 4.9%;
6, Oklahoma, 5.1%;
6, Vermont, 5.1%;
8, Hawaii, 5.2%;
8, Utah, 5.2%;
10, Kansas, 5.4%;
11, Louisiana, 5.5%;
11, Minnesota, 5.5%;
11, Virginia, 5.5%;
14, Montana, 5.7%;
14, New Hampshire, 5.7%;
16, Texas, 6.1%;
17, New Mexico, 6.4%;
18, Alaska, 6.6%;
18, Idaho, 6.6%;
18, Maryland, 6.6%;
18, Wisconsin, 6.6%;
22, Massachusetts, 6.7%;
22, Missouri, 6.7%;
22, Ohio, 6.7%;
25, Delaware, 6.9%;
26, Alabama, 7.1%;
26, Arkansas, 7.1%;
28, Maine, 7.3%;
29, West Virginia, 7.5%;
30, Colorado, 7.6%;
30, Tennessee, 7.6%;
30, Washington, 7.6%;
33, Arizona, 7.9%;
33, Pennsylvania, 7.9%;
35, Florida, 8.0%;
36, Kentucky, 8.1%;
37, Indiana, 8.2%;
37, New York, 8.2%;
39, Oregon, 8.4%;
39, South Carolina, 8.4%;
41, District of Columbia, 8.5%;
42, Connecticut, 8.6%;
42, Georgia, 8.6%;
42, Mississippi, 8.6%;
45, Illinois, 8.7%;
46, Michigan, 8.9%;
47, North Carolina, 9.2%;
48, New Jersey, 9.6%;
49, California, 9.8%;
49, Nevada, 10.2%;
50, Rhode Island, 10.2%.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Web Links:

http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm

-Kimberly Williams

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