10 states where jobs are growing and unemployment is falling

10 states where jobs are growing and unemployment is falling
July 10, 11:59 AM Newark Unemployment Examiner Michelle Lemieux

Unemployment has been a roller coaster ride for so many not only in New Jersey, but across the country. Numbers keep rising and falling, with more confusion than hope in sight. 

Currently, New Jersey’s unemployment rate is 9.7 percent. The national rate is 9.5 percent. Unfortunately, the government isn’t expecting much of a change for the remainder of the year.

Believe it or not, 10 states in the nation are seeing rates decline and job growth across a variety of industries, according to Investopedia, a Forbes Digital Company.

Thinking about making a move? Here’s the list: 

Unemployment dropped 1.4 percent over the last year to 7 percent in Minnesota. Over one thousand jobs in education, health services, government, and professional and business services have been created this year.

Head to Vermont for a career in finance, where the sector has seen 1.6 percent growth over the last year. Unemployment is also relatively low at 6.2 percent. 

Though it has a double-digit unemployment rate of over 10 percent, Oregon has seen its jobless rate drop a full percentage point over the last year and bring 7,200 government jobs to the marketplace since December. 

North Dakota: 
Put this state on your list. With one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates of 3.6 percent and falling, North Dakota has produced jobs in industries where they’re being lost most, including construction, IT, and manufacturing, up 5.4 percent, and logging and mining, rising nearly 12 percent. 

South Carolina: 
Roughly 20,000 new jobs were created in business services, government, and finance in South Dakota. While unemployment is particularly high at 11 percent, it has dropped 1.5 percent in 2010. 

Wisconsin gained 35,000 jobs primarily in education, government, and health services over the past six months, dropping its unemployment rate to 8.2 percent.

Indiana has a lot of blue-collar jobs that are gaining steam again, such as mining and manufacturing. Business and professional services, as well as hospitality positions are also growing. The state’s unemployment rate sits at 10 percent, but has fallen 0.6 percent over the past year.  

North Carolina: 
Don’t let the double-digit jobless rate of 10.3 percent scare you off just yet. North Carolina has produced some of the most jobs in the country in industries like government and professional and business services, which gained 24,000 and 7,600 jobs respectively since December. Education and health services, as well as mining and logging also saw increases. 

Construction, logging and mining are the winning industries in Kansas, where unemployment is at 6.5 percent and falling. 

South Dakota: 
With a below average jobless rate of 4.6 percent, this state has seen growth in government, education, and health services, as well as notable gains in transportation and utilities.

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Michelle Lemieux is a communications and public relations professional. With nearly 10 years experience in the business, she has represented companies including American Red Cross, Clear Channel and PricewaterhouseCoopers. When she’s not creating exposure for clients and brands, she follows her passion for writing, both personally and professionally. She currently covers the unemployed marketplace for Examiner.com and in her blog, Hoboken Gal. Twitter, visit her blog, or read more of her articles surrounding unemployment here.

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