High Unemployment States
High Unemployment continues to persist in four states: Alaska – 6.7%; New Mexico – 6.6%; District of Columbia – 6.9%; and Louisiana 5.7%. All four of these states have had a dismal recovery.
It is not clear what it will take to get the people in those states back to work. In the case of the District of Columbia, with the emphasis of reduction in the size of goverment, unemployment will stay high.
Both Alaska an Louisiana should have a clear path to recovery with the emphasis on energy independence. New Mexico is an unknown at this time.
Full employment states
There are 21 states that are in a full employment mode. That is the best it has been since early in the George W. Bush administration.
All but 2 of these states (New Hamphsire and South Dakota have unemployment rates that are lower than they were in the same month of the year as last year.
In the case of IT job market, that is a very good sign.