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Unemployment Maps: They Don’t Love You Like I Love You
November 20, 2009, 1:07 pm
Filed under: money (lack of) | Tags: , ,

When you’re underemployed you have a lot of free time to do other exciting, cool stuff.  Like, you know, making maps of the country’s unemployment rates.

Lighter colors mean higher unemployment.  The darkest states have under 6.5%, the lightest colors have over 12% unemployment.

According to the latest stats, North Dakota’s faring the best by far, with 4.2% unemployment.  Michigan’s the worst, with 15.1%.  Rhode Island has dropped to #3 in unemployment; apparently Nevada passed us at some point.  (Of course, these numbers count people who aren’t working but qualify for unemployment benefits.  Self-employed people without work and people that gave up don’t figure in to the numbers, meaning that real unemployment’s a whole lot higher.)

Unfortunately, none of the states with really low unemployment, except maybe Vermont, seem appealing at all for a job hunter like myself.  (Although have I ever mentioned that I’ve never actually been to Vermont?)  Somehow I can’t see myself living in either one of the Dakotas…

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