The best and worst states to be unemployed

Losing a job is bad enough, but the experience can be even more difficult to bounce back from depending on where you live.

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Jun 26, 2014 7:18PM

Unemployed sucks in every state.


MSN never ceases to write pure garbage. 

Jun 26, 2014 9:48PM
The politicians have turned a blind eye to the unemployed, jobless benefits end after six months and no jobs in Illinois the arm pit of a state. My wife had worked for 30 years straight and boom six month comp. no jobs and done. Nobody wants a handout but these politicians have just dropped the ball, you drop off unemployment and they stop counting you in their so called unemployment rate. Hogwa**** time to put a few politicians on the unemployment line, I'm just so happy to hear Hillary can empathize since her and Bill were dead broke... out of touch.
Jun 29, 2014 4:46AM
I had a really good job with a major corporation offering plenty of overtime & full benefits ( insurance, dental, vacation, 401K, etc. ) from 1986 thru 2009.   It was just  factory stuff, but  I was happy with the hours & the overall environment.   It gave me a chance to SAVE some $$$$.  While we didn't have any major layoffs in the a lot of other big companies were doing, I noticed that we weren't hiring anyone 'full time' either.    Temps were being brought in as needed.   Something else I picked up on.....working in the same place for just over 23 years.    As new technology & equipment was individual employee could eventually do several jobs .........for example.......I was a press operator in 1986, and there were inspectors, and packagers that handled the product AFTER it left my area.   By the mid-90s, I was the press operator PLUS, I had new equipment that allowed ME to also inspect & package.     This eliminated the need for those other employees.    I can't blame companies for wanting to streamline the production unintended ( I believe ) consequence of all this new technology......has been that the human workers have become 'unnecessary'  in many situations.    If this has been happening the same time that population has been increasing.....( and this unemployment problem is worldwide...)....We've got over 7 billion people running around at the moment.........and I don't see a solution on the horizon.  
Jun 29, 2014 8:37AM
Obama has been in office almost six years, so far he hasn't done one thing that has helped the general population of the USofA, he has helped very small segments mostly green people and some individuals and given millions $$$$$$$$$$ to foreign worthless nations . Putting a wrap on that he has made a few rich and many poor and degraded a great nation in every way possible. 
Jun 27, 2014 9:29AM

Don't worry about being dead last Mississippi... I'm sure old Thad will fix it THIS time!! He's only been in the Senate since the seventy's, so there is NO WAY that he's part of the problem... Right? IDIOTS!!

Jun 27, 2014 12:12PM
It's bad EVERYWHERE WITH OBOZO in office!
12 million? but they said 9 million a month ago? LOL wow horrible stats...and im sure its more like 16 million or sure 4 million arnt counted...and are they counting the 3 milion temp agency workers? probably not....should add them too since they are just doing temp work not a full time job-
Jun 27, 2014 8:35AM

This is one dumb article. So now, we should be "free loaders", and looking at states to move to. One that pays the most, to be unemployed.  Get your dumb A's fired, and live off the system. Great outlook you have, for this country, MSN.

Jun 29, 2014 5:28AM

The whole state of North Carolina is on welfare.

Jun 27, 2014 2:52PM

That's just the declared rates of unemployment so you have to figure in the people who's benefits have expired and who have quite trying. So close to 35-40 percent for a few of these states. At that point it doesn't matter how EDUCATED you are folks. I lived in one of these listed in the worst states and it was a nightmare. I was very lucky to have family that helped me move to a state that was actually hiring a few people.

Light a baby Jesus candle for the people in those states

Jun 27, 2014 2:32PM
Funny that Rhode Island with the highest unemployment rate in the nation is not on this list . This place is a cesspool for jobs unless you like flipping burgers and turning hotdogs lol .
Jun 29, 2014 8:43AM
People are expecting to be saved by the politicians.  Why not take the bull by the horns and make your own way!  The politicians are not going to save you.
Jun 27, 2014 9:39AM
I think after all these years I am starting to agree with the many comments about how MSN just puts whatever they can find on their page. I don't think that being unemployed is anything to rate no matter where you are!!! Then I wake up and pour my coffee to see Cheney blaming others for the war etc.etc.. Washed up politicians should just fade away. Boehner is worth 5 million.  Maybe he could donate some to the unemployed. Been there and it wasn't fun. 
Jun 29, 2014 5:36AM
While you didn't put Delaware in that list is beyond me, maybe the numbers are good now, but I was unemployed for the first 4 years of both Obama and Governor Markell's administration. And our state goes by a formula of your unemployment benefits calculating the weekly pay by 4.35% making the months that are 5 weeks long spread out evenly, so every month is a 5 week month, and thereby are denied Medicaid, even by as little as 10.00. So if the state didn't use this formual there would have been many more that would have had access to healthcare while unemployed. Just when you need it the most, the state drops you like a hot potato. Our governor also, knows nothing about luring jobs here, he gives incentative packages like Fisker Electric car to the tune of 20 million of the taxpayers money, and it went bankrupt before it got off the ground, the taxpayers have lost 20 million of their hard earned money, also another soon to be blunder will be Bloom energy, the taxpayers are paying for that through their electric bills. Don't come to DELAWARE, there is nothing here, they will nickle and dime you to death. Governor Markell's office can't seem to pass a budget, so they want to raise more taxes, on the very people that don't have money to live themselves, this is always his answer. Funny thing is his budget was short 20 million, now where do you think you've heard that number before, Oh, yeah, FISKER. When money isn't coming into the state for 5 years now, then he needs to cut back by what he lost, 27.4 million dollars. 20 million he lost in the Fisker Fiasco, and the 7 million dollar electric bill from Fisker, you see when the plant went belly up, they continued to allow the electric to run. So the 7 million bill came due a year later, again on the backs of the taxpayers, so we paid, 7 million and a subsidy comes out of our electric bills everymonth based on your usage for the Bloom Energy plant, which has really done anything in the last 2 years. They have been deceptive in the number of employees that are to be hired by a certain date, just like Fisker. It will go down too, wait and watch. Many of my friends are looking to move out of this state, me included.
Jun 27, 2014 12:47AM

Hard to believe Wisconsin didn't make the worst?

Well, most if not all the numbers are lies anyways.

Jun 27, 2014 9:50AM
I should have read some of the other comments first as they say the same thing. Makes no difference where you are at if you are out of a job. Still have the political lurkers hiding in the shadows in here. I think if you know that dems hate pubs and pubs hate dems you can just relax and enjoy it. We are now a nation/world  of haters.  Religion, politics, sports, you name it we love to hate others. I only dislike people who are prejudiced, bullies, or abusers. I don't hate anyone. So I am going to start my day with another site. How do you get off this site if you are signed in? Help.
Jun 27, 2014 6:02AM
I know it sucks to be laid off in Georgia. Uneployment only lasts 17 weeks. I'm sure there are worse states though.
Jun 30, 2014 7:33AM
The U.S. is so much trouble.  Half of these people are still blaming Bush lol.  Let me clue you all in.  Bush got the ball rolling and Obama Tripled it with terrible policy.  My blame of a president ends after he leaves office for 2 years.  Remember when Jimmy Carter got us in a similar situation......NO because the next guy straightened it out.  Why in the HELL are you Obama lovers giving him a pass.  His policies are terrible!!
Jun 28, 2014 8:23AM
So, you don't want to be in rust belt or backward southern states. 
Jun 29, 2014 12:33PM
Hawaii are you kidding me, I just got back from there last week and there are homeless people living out on the streets and local parks an everywhere you can find them 6000+ homeless and they say it's best place to find a job. Who ever did this article needs to visit each location before they make their conclusion on best an worst, I would put Hawaii under the Worst category.
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