This is the anti-Friday Fun post: a map showing each state’s relative unemployment rate by shade of brown. Michigan leads with 15.3 percent, followed by Nevada (13.3%), Rhode Island (13%), and California (12.2%).
“If you’re looking for healthy states, try North Dakota (4.2 percent unemployment), South Dakota (4.8 percent) or Nebraska (4.9 percent),” the accompanying story says.
Overall, the West Coast and Southeast are faring the worst. The Midwest is faring the best. Look at the unemployment map here. Scroll over a specific state to get its unemployment rate.
What do you think about these high unemployment rate?
This map got me thinking about how difficult it is to get a job in certain areas. Many people associate unemployment and poverty in general with being lazy, but that’s not always the case. With the high unemployment rate even hard working college educated individuals are struggling to find jobs. These are people who want to work, but can’t find anyone to hire them!
My boyfriend spent three months looking for a job in Rhode Island before he decided to begin looking elsewhere. After only a few weeks of looking in other states he was offered a job in Pennsylvania. While it was great to finally have a job offer is was hard to only have the option of being jobless or moving away from family and friends. Deciding to move away from your home is always a tough decision, but with the unemployment rate in these states it may be the only viable option.
Personally, I don’t think I’d be willing to move away for just any job…it would have to be my dream job. Otherwise, I’d find a way to make it work with part-time jobs until I cut a break. I also have classic Rhode Island syndrome. They always say that Rhode Islanders stay in Rhode Island! The majority of my family and most of my friends live in Rhode Island so moving away would be a huge adjustment. That being said if I wasn’t so tied to Rhode Island I could see the benefit of moving to a midwest states. Also, if I were planning to move somewhere the unemployment rate would be a factor in deciding where my new home would be. Do you agree?
What do you think about these unemployment statistics? Would you relocate to find a job?