Thursday, August 7, 2014

In The News: Unemployment Rate Study

As readers of this blog are well aware, the unemployment rate varies widely across the states.  I just came upon a recent article that examines which states are the most difficult to secure full-time employment.  The worst three?  Arizona, California, and Nevada.  From the article at 247Wallst.com:

"Nevada’s underemployment rate more than doubled between 2007 and the first quarter of 2014, where it currently stands at 17.4%, the highest rate in the country. State GDP growth was nearly stagnant between 2007 and 2013, growing at an annualized rate of 0.8%, the lowest rate in the country. Slow GDP growth was likely caused by the collapse of Nevada’s housing market in 2008, when average home prices fell 27%."  

This article is an important reminder that employment issues are in many ways driven by local economics.  It is definitely worth a quick read.

- Joe Seiner

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