Top 10 States with the Highest Unemployment Rates

10 States Have Unemployment Rates over 9%

In the latest release of state unemployment rates there are 10 states which stand out because of their high levels. Included are states with large populations. This does not bode well since the number of jobs that need to be created in this states is very high. Included in this mix of states is California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and Michigan.

States With High Unemployment

These states are offset somewhat by 11 other states that have levels lower than 6%. That is not to say that 6% is an acceptable unemployment level, however if it were there for the rest of the nation we would be out of the recession

States With Low Unemployment

In this environment hiring can be a challenge. Background checking and work history references are difficult at best. The job interview remains key to assessing the candidate’s fit. The job interview remains the tool you can use to get to know your candidate on a more personal basis. The job interview process helps other employees “own” the new employee who joins your organization.

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Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.