5 states where it's hardest to find work

Unemployment is down, but there are still some places struggling with widespread underemployment. These are the 5 states where it's hardest to find full-time work.

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Aug 27, 2013 5:31AM
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I live in Illinois- we have the second highest unemployment rate in the nation at over 9%.  When I was laid off my full time job making pretty good money and excellent benefits, the only job I could find was a job working 20 hrs. per week at minimum wage and no benefits. Four years later, I'm still filling out applications and sending out resumes trying to find a full time job--there just aren't any.  And even the jobs I used to be qualified for have been taken by people with a degree because I worked as an admin and it's the kind of position that's a "foot in the door" type of job.  Consequently, having college grads fill those kind of positions has created a change in the job qualifications.  They are now asking administrative assistance to have an associates degree in administrative assisting as well as certification in Microsoft Office Suite.  I have neither of those and between my bills and putting food on the table, there's no money to go back to school and become "qualified".  My age (I'm in my early 50's) works against me too because even with that degree and certification, companies don't want experienced workers because they have to pay us more.  They want 20 somethings with little or no work experience so they can pay them less and they're betting on the fact that they won't stay with the company until they are vested or reach retirement age.  Sadly, because my husband has a pension from 20 years in the army and receives disability, we don't qualify for any kind of assistance.  I know we're not the only family with these kinds of problems, but our government needs to be aware that we're out here and do something to get America working full time again.  I don't want hand outs---I want a full time job and I think all the other families in our position want the same thing.
Aug 22, 2013 7:25PM
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Hmmm.....what a surprise.  ALL BLUE STATES!! 
Aug 23, 2013 1:22PM
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Nevada #1, CA #2??? Harry and Nancy, say it isn't so and tell us what a swell job you are doing.  "oh, those nasty tea partiers with their swastikas...".
Aug 26, 2013 5:37PM
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I am not surprised by California being #2. We encourage illegals to move here, and we have the highest taxes of any other state.
Aug 23, 2013 12:10PM
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Isn't it worth mentioning that all of these states have strong Unions? Isn't it worth mentioning that only Michigan has a Republican governor, but is also  stuck with Detroit where the main employer is "street pharmaceuticals" ?

Isn't it worth mentioning that all 5 states have Democrat majorities?

When are the people of this nation going to wake up and realize that thre Democrats are liars, frauds, phonies and worthless scum?

Aug 23, 2013 11:54AM
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The figures the govenment gives as unemployment rates ares TOTAL BS. These number do NOT reflect the underemployed or those who have left the job force. I will admin I do not know the real number, does anybody?, the real unempl;oyment rate is closer to 15-18%. If only we had a presedent that gave a damn.
Aug 22, 2013 8:58PM
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 im shocked idaho didnt make the list..some cities have 10-15% unemployment rates and most work is temp work or frield worker part time work...im shocked we didnt make even the list....i guess all those illegals pouring in here helped bosst up our sloppy rates....welfare and foodstamps all over..look all over wal mart 15-20 year olds with kids tatoo'd up with phones working part time collecting benefits...its a joke
Aug 27, 2013 3:27AM
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We're going into a temp worker part-time economy, unfortunatley you cannot fund social security or any kind of social programs, with a part-time worker economy. You will not have enough workers now to support the ageing baby boomers which are retireing in record numbers.
Aug 23, 2013 10:24AM
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The fake "housing boom" is what killed Nevada and Florida. The fake "housing boom: didn't kill some states because they have more going for them than contruction jobs.

Aug 23, 2013 12:56AM
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If you want a job and are willing to move to another city, move to Midland, TX - there is no shortage of jobs here!!!  Seriously, jobs everywhere!! Some requiring basic education, many requiring just a  pulse!
Aug 27, 2013 5:54AM
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BluBal42....you are exactly right. Obama on a "bus tour", CAMPAIGNING and "appearing" to be against the destruction. Obama touting college (educating for non existent jobs) and infrastructure (building bridges to non existent jobs). College is simply making millions in debt to the Government from student loans. And with tens of millions unemployed, realistically, how many people can you hire, WITH TAX MONEY, to lean on shovels.....millions? And now the "new norm" is 20 hour work week (obamacare). And go ahead, GRIPE about it! Guess what that'll get you with Democrats IMPORTING millions of workers, who will GLADLY take those jobs?
Aug 26, 2013 1:43PM
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I am surprised that North Carolina didn't make that list to.  I lost my job in HR back in 2009 and went back to school received a degree in Medical Billing and Coding along with a Medical Assistant diploma I even made the Deans List along with the President's List every semester .  I have not had any luck here either.  I get rejection letters stating "you need 3-5 years experience in this field, sorry".  I'm tired of hearing this.  I have my resume and CV on almost every site and I have had only 2 phone calls in 2 years, thats right 2 Phone calls in 2 years..
Aug 23, 2013 5:55PM
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"In California, where the number of jobs rose 3.3% in 2012 -- the third-fastest growth in the country -- there were 14.6 million jobs in July, just under half a million less than in late 2007."

 

Just under half million less than in late 2007? So in July there were 14.6 million jobs but in late 2007 there were 15.1 million jobs. And what was the population of Ca. in 2007? So there are fewer jobs in July and a larger population than 2007 and these are good numbers?

Aug 27, 2013 9:07AM
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Obamacare 30 hour limit just made part time the new norm instead of 38 or 39 hours a week.
Aug 27, 2013 8:44AM
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We ar becoming a PART TIME NATION thanks to our government.
Aug 23, 2013 1:22AM
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All ROYAL BLUE states! Imagine that!
Aug 27, 2013 8:12AM
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An interesting statistic that I picked up on...every single one of those five mentioned states voted...for change...I will leave it at that...
Aug 27, 2013 10:18AM
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All you a-holes voted for Obama, now your out of a job, you deserve it!
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