The 5 Best States To Find A Job

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The financial crash of 2008 produced job losses in the United States that haven’t been seen since the Great Depression. Four years later, most of the country is still feeling the economic consequences from the failures among the financial elites.

Fortunately, there are parts of the country where unemployment is low, and jobs are easier to find. These states, for a variety of reasons, have been insulated from a lot of the economic suffering that has occurred in other parts of the nation.

North Dakota

For 25 years, the unemployment rate in North Dakota has not gone higher than 5 percent. Several factors account for this robust stability. The state’s largest economic sector is agriculture: barley, durum wheat and oats make up the majority of the crop. Food staples like these are often unaffected by volatile economic conditions, because people still need to eat. North Dakota also has an extensive energy industry that procures coal, oil and shale gas. Individuals with experience in agriculture and the energy industry will find that there are plenty of job openings in the state.


Like North Dakota, Nebraska has a large agricultural sector, but the state is also responsible for a lot industry that affects the whole nation. It is home to many famous corporations like Kool-Aid, Berkshire Hathaway, ConAgra, TD Ameritrade and Union Pacific Railroad. The city of North Platte has the largest train yard in the world, making the state a hub for distribution throughout the country. Job seekers will find that there are plenty of employment opportunities in distribution, service and corporate facilities throughout the state.

South Dakota

While South Dakota has a small GDP compared to a majority of states in the nation, their unemployment rate remains low at 4.5 percent. CNBC listed South Dakota as one of the “Top States for Business in 2010” due to the business friendly environment. Many major corporations operate their service centers out of the state, creating a lot of jobs for people looking to enter the healthcare and financial industries. Thanks to South Dakota’s low cost of living, jobs often provide a higher standard of living than their coastal counterparts.


Iowa also landed on CNBC’s list for top places to do business. The article noted low taxes, utility costs and other expenses associated with business development. While Iowa has a reputation for being a mostly agricultural state, economic sectors like manufacturing, government, biotechnology and finance make up a large portion of the state’s economy. With an unemployment rate nearly three full points below the national average, job seekers should have no trouble finding gainful employment in the diversified economy of Iowa.

Utah and Wyoming

Utah and Wyoming are lumped together because they share an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent, but also because they share many of the same economic conditions as a result of sharing a border. Both state’s economies see a lot of activity in the tourism sector. Utah possesses a beautiful natural landscape that attracts people from all across the world. Wyoming contains one of the most famous national parks in the world, Yellowstone. Both states also have a significant mineral commodities industry that is constantly looking for more labor. Salt Lake City is considered a great place to do business, and it continues to see growth despite dire economic conditions in the rest of the country.

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This is a guest post.  Darcy Fowler is a career coach and guest author at Best Education Degrees, where she contributed to the guide to The Best States to Find a Teaching Job.


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