Sometimes making money means packing up and going where the jobs are.
In 2011, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Vermont, Iowa, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Minnesota were the 10 states with the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. North Dakota was number one with only 3.5% unemployment.
Average hourly wages in these states ranged from $24.66 in Virginia to $19.05 in South Dakota.
Out of these 10, Virginia had the largest employed workforce with nearly 3.7 million jobs. (Job data in the following graphs is for non-farm employment tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics with numbers in thousands.)
By breaking each state’s jobs down into sectors, you can determine if your skill set matches the states main services and production. For example, if you’re a miner or logger, Nebraska can’t help, but Wyoming could be the perfect fit.
Would you move to increase your chances of finding a job?