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For the first time since 1984, unemployment fell in every state and D.C. last year

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2015 at 3:57 PM
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For the first time since 1984, unemployment fell in every state and D.C. last year

For the first time in three decades, unemployment fell in every state and the District of Columbia last year.

The last time that happened, in 1984, Apple was unveiling the original Macintosh. Nearly half the nation — 24 states — saw the unemployment rate drop by one percentage point or more last year. Illinois saw the biggest decline, of 2 percentage points.  Colorado, North Carolina and Ohio each saw a 1.8 point decline. North Dakota and Alaska saw the smallest declines of 0.1 percentage points.

North Dakota was also home to the nation’s lowest unemployment rate, of 2.8 percent. Nebraska was next, with a 3.3 percent rate, followed by South Dakota, with 3.4 percent unemployment. All told, 14 states had jobless rates below 5 percent. Mississippi and Nevada were home to the highest unemployment rates of 7.8 percent each. Rhode Island’s unemployment rate was next highest, at 7.7 percent.

Just over 70 percent of the working-age labor force in North Dakota was employed last year, more than in any other state. In Nebraska, that employment-to-population ratio was nearly 69 percent, while in Iowa it was just over 67 percent. West Virginia was the only state where less than half of the working-age labor force was employed.

Hawaii and Indiana saw the biggest increases in that ratio, with each seeing it rise by  1.4 percentage points. Tennessee and Mississippi saw the biggest declines, of 1.2 points. The ratio rose in 35 states, fell in 12 and was the same in three.

 

 
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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Mar. 4, 2015 at 3:57 PM

 

The last time that happened, Apple was unveiling the original Macintosh

coolmommy2x
by Platinum Member on Mar. 4, 2015 at 4:42 PM
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Each day I receive 2 emails with job listings in my field in the area and I've noticed there are a lot more than there were when I was looking 2 years ago. I've seen a huge uptick in the economy here (Philadelphia area).
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LGA1165
by on Mar. 4, 2015 at 4:44 PM
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There are "now hiring" signs all over the Twin Cities in all kinds of career areas .
The economy is definitely a lot healthier !
MyMyOhMy
by Gold Member on Mar. 4, 2015 at 5:26 PM
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Shouldn't our conservatives be complaining about something here? 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Mar. 5, 2015 at 12:15 PM
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it's ALL OBAMA'S fault!!! lol

Quoting MyMyOhMy:

Shouldn't our conservatives be complaining about something here? 


sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Mar. 5, 2015 at 12:16 PM
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My husband sent his resume out to 5 jobs and they all called back, and he was offered 3 of them 

He literally looked oline 1 day! 

Quoting LGA1165: There are "now hiring" signs all over the Twin Cities in all kinds of career areas . The economy is definitely a lot healthier !


MyMyOhMy
by Gold Member on Mar. 5, 2015 at 12:36 PM
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My current job I wasn't even really looking. I saw a sweet looking job and sent a resume on a lark. They got back to me the next day and offered me twice what I was making. Woo! 

If any one has a just get by job; now is the time to upgrade before the conservitives tank the economy yet again.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

My husband sent his resume out to 5 jobs and they all called back, and he was offered 3 of them 

He literally looked oline 1 day! 

Quoting LGA1165: There are "now hiring" signs all over the Twin Cities in all kinds of career areas . The economy is definitely a lot healthier !

 

LGA1165
by on Mar. 5, 2015 at 12:52 PM
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Thats great !

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

My husband sent his resume out to 5 jobs and they all called back, and he was offered 3 of them 

He literally looked oline 1 day! 

Quoting LGA1165: There are "now hiring" signs all over the Twin Cities in all kinds of career areas .
The economy is definitely a lot healthier !

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Mar. 5, 2015 at 12:54 PM
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So true?

Congrats on your new job!

I think my hubby has settled on the one. It's very similar to a previous job he used to love



Quoting MyMyOhMy:

My current job I wasn't even really looking. I saw a sweet looking job and sent a resume on a lark. They got back to me the next day and offered me twice what I was making. Woo! 


If any one has a just get by job; now is the time to upgrade before the conservitives tank the economy yet again.


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

My husband sent his resume out to 5 jobs and they all called back, and he was offered 3 of them 


He literally looked oline 1 day! 


Quoting LGA1165: There are "now hiring" signs all over the Twin Cities in all kinds of career areas . The economy is definitely a lot healthier !


 

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MyMyOhMy
by Gold Member on Mar. 5, 2015 at 1:48 PM
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Yep, it's really nice. Ok going to brag...

Senior position, doubled my pay, got a 25% signing bonus, my performance bonus went from 1.5% to 12%, there's a 15% stock option, they paid to move me from a red state to a blue state and they are one of the top 100 comapies to work for. Woo!

Quoting sweet-a-kins: So true? Congrats on your new job! I think my hubby has settled on the one. It's very similar to a previous job he used to love
Quoting MyMyOhMy:

My current job I wasn't even really looking. I saw a sweet looking job and sent a resume on a lark. They got back to me the next day and offered me twice what I was making. Woo! 

If any one has a just get by job; now is the time to upgrade before the conservitives tank the economy yet again.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

My husband sent his resume out to 5 jobs and they all called back, and he was offered 3 of them 

He literally looked oline 1 day! 

Quoting LGA1165: There are "now hiring" signs all over the Twin Cities in all kinds of career areas . The economy is definitely a lot healthier !

 

 

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