Sunday, May 17, 2009

Western State Unemployment Rates

I would have thought that western states like Montana, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming would have fairly low unemployment rates. I had figured that with less people and more space there would be more jobs than people to perform them though likley at lower wages than much of the country. In doing some research about unemployment in Montana, unemployment in Utah, unemployment in Idaho, and Unemployment in Wyoming I was surprised to learn that some of these have unemployment rates nearly the national average of 8%. Utah had one of the lowest unemployment rates at 5.2% Wyoming also comes in low at around 5%. Montana and Idaho surprised me with unemployment rates around 7%. Idaho is nearing 8% unemployment leading the group of western states.