Nebraska’s unemployment rate grew by 0.1% in July when compared to June, but despite this it still keeps its chair as the state with the best employment rate in the country, just above North Dakota and Vermont. The 2.7 per cent unemployment rate is also 0.6 per cent below the one registered by the state last July. The jump could mostly be attributed to a 1.8 per cent jump in unemployment in the Grand Island area, which went up to 4.9 per cent in July from 3.1 per cent in June – but even this is 0.7 per cent below the rate registered 12 months ago.
On the other end of the employment spectrum, North Carolina has had its unemployment rate rise for a fifth consecutive month, being now at 5.9 per cent. More than 12,000 residents of the state lost their jobs since June; as the rate went up 0.6 per cent since its 5.3 reading in January.
But the growth is also governed by the fact that more people are actually becoming involved in the work market actively searching for a job, adding them to the unemployed pool (as people who give up on searching for jobs or claim no unemployment benefits are not counted in the statistics). Over 100,000 jobs were created by North Carolina employers in the past 12 months, signifying a healthy rejuvenation of the economy in the states.
North Carolina had its lowest unemployment point during the last recession, as 11.3 per cent of its workers were unemployed in one of the hardest hit states by the economic crisis. But it has been steadily recovering ever since, and legislators are now looking into a harshening of the conditions for receiving unemployment benefits; seeking to alter the number of employers benefit receivers need to keep in contact with from a minimum of two to five.
Another state which is showing very healthy employment patterns is Indiana, as the state’s private sector has reached 2.61 million jobs in July. This is the highest such number for Indiana, surpassing a previous July 2000 employment level. Unemployment has also dropped to 4.7 per cent, down 0.2 since June and reaching its lowest rate since before the recession – more exactly November 2007. The state has added almost 300,000 jobs since July 2009, when it showed its worst unemployment statistics during the recession.
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