Although the House passed a $15 billion bill designed to stimulate employment, the effect won’t be felt for months. Unemployment numbers reported Friday showed the jobless rate remained at 9.7 percent. Little surprise, then, that a poll last month from The Pew Center found 81 percent of Americans found that jobs were a top priority, versus 57 percent for health care.
All of which begs the question on our collective tongue: where are the jobs right now? Which states offer the best chance for hungry workers to find work, or content employees to stay employed? And which are the worst?
For this analysis we first took into account 2006-2016 employment projections prepared by each state’s labor department, and updated it using national employment projections through 2018, which better reflected post-meltdown realities.
While these long-term forecasts incorporate trends that transcend the current situation, in order to check any enthusiastic pre-crash numbers, we also equally weighed the actual change in employment from 2006-2009 for each state, and the current unemployment rate.
We’ve also included the median individual salary for each state, courtesy of the American Community Survey, and growth industries, according to the US Census Bureau’s Local Employment Dynamics.
For a state to perform well in these rankings, they need to reflect a high projected employment growth rate, show real employment growth over the past three years, and boast low current unemployment rates. And the jobs just might be in a state you least expect.
For the full ranking of all states: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-03-05/state-employment-rankings/full/
Hawaii is listed at #40
Here is why:
- Jobs gained 2006-2009:: 13.4%
- Current unemployment: 6.8%
- Employment growth through 2018: 6.8%
- Median individual salary: $30,071
- Hot industry: Social assistance
- Recent Job Listing: Senior Engineer, Hawaiian Electric Industries. Description: Providing OEM-expert level field engineering and technical consulting services to the stations for identifying, troubleshooting, and resolving operational problems; optimizing maintenance and operational practices to enhance equipment performance, reliability, and life; and ensuring compliance with all applicable codes and regulations. Estimated Salary: N/A
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