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Old 12-21-2009, 11:27 AM
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Unemployment Rates for States

Most of the Interior West & Great Plains have unemployment rates less than half of the nation's average of 10.1%...

10 lowest unemployment rates

1. North Dakota 4.1
2. Nebraska 4.5
3. South Dakota 5.0
4. Kansas 6.3
5. Utah 6.3
6. Montana 6.4
7. Vermont 6.4
8. Virginia 6.6
9. New Hampshire 6.6

10. Colorado 6.9

...while the South, West Coast, and Midwest states are doing worst.

10 highest

40. Kentucky 10.6
41. Ohio 10.6
42. North Carolina 10.8
43. Illinois 10.9
44. Oregon 11.1
45. Florida 11.5
46. California 12.3
47. Nevada 12.3
48. South Carolina 12.3
49. Rhode Island 12.7
50. Michigan 14.7
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:31 PM
Location: Boise
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Interesting, my state was frequently top three untilt fall last year, now were barely out of the bottom ten. I wonder if there are stats for largest falls, places like Michigan and Oregon have always had high unemployment. But here we dropped drastically.
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:40 AM
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You do realize that the 4 states with the lowest unemployment rates (ND, NE, SD, KS) are midwestern states - not interior west states?
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:17 AM
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Possibly "Interior West and Great Plains" seemed too wordy. In the article itself s/he does say "Interior West & Great Plains." Some do place "The Great Plains" as separate from "Midwest."

Although there are some exceptions. I think Virginia is traditionally part of the South and it's in the better list. Nevada is maybe Southwest, but as it has no border with Mexico maybe it could count as "Interior West." The census counts it as "Mountain West" anyway. Even if one doesn't count it Idaho is doing middling.

However "The Great Plains" seems to be doing well without exception, even if you include Texas at 20th, and the "Pacific Coast" seems to be doing poor with the possible exception of Hawaii. (Possible because some don't count it as Pacific Coast)
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