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Another 5 US States with Low Unemployment and Increasing Jobs

Updated on January 4, 2013
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The companion Hub to this presentation is called Top 10 States for Low Unemployment and Jobs 2010 - 2020. It discusses the first 5 states on the Top 10 List determined by Business Insider in late 2010. Their editors and staff called their reported the Top 10 US States with Ridiculously Low Unemployment. Low unemployment implies worker shortages and unfilled jobs, so these states may be a place for unemployed or under employed workers to relocate. All of the Top 10 States showed unemployment rates significantly lower than the nation's average for July 2010.

States 6 through 10 of the Top 10 States for Low Unemployment

Hawaii, USA

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6. Hawaii - Tourism

Hawaii has provided a group of traditional tourist attractions for many decades. In fact, workers have often saved money from weekly paychecks for a year or two in order to enjoy a vacation in the islands. Today, Hawaii is often the place for honeymoons as well as vacations, business travel; and even medical tourism, as a stop off to Asia. Business Insider has found that Tourism is the Number One Industry in this state.

Top 5 Most Often Listed Job Titles

  1. Salespersons, Sales Clerks, and Cashiers
  2. Physical Therapists
  3. Registered Nurses (RNs) – Includes Travel Nursing
  4. Speech Therapists
  5. Customer Support Reps

Additional High Demand Jobs in Large Numbers

  • Administrative Assistants
  • Retail Sales Representatives
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Medical Assistants

The most frequently listed job vacancies are occurring in Retail, Healthcare, and Clerical in the islands. The cities having the most jobs vacancies listed include Honolulu, which has many times the vacancies listed in any other Hawaiian cities; followed by Hilo, Kailua, O‘ahu, Lihue, Pearl Harbor (see the embedded link), Kahului, and ‘Aiea.

Top 5 Projected Fastest Growing Jobs to 2016

  1. Personal Care and Home Care Aides
  2. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts - IT
  3. Computer Software Applications Engineers – IT
  4. Home Health Aides
  5. Pharmacy Technicians

The above projections line up with many of the top job openings found as far as industry is concerned: Healthcare; and IT positions are often required in the Healthcare arena.

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Scene at Cedar Bluff in Kansas.
Scene at Cedar Bluff in Kansas.

7) Kansas

The economy of Kansas is comprised of three major industries in which the state is one of the nationwide leaders, according to Business Insider:

  • Agriculture - A leader in Grains
  • Petroleum – A leader in Oil and Natural Gas
  • Aerospace - A major Hub of the Aerospace Industry

Top 5 Most Often Listed Job Titles

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Occupational Therapists
  3. Assistant Managers – Dining, retail, and other.
  4. Shift Managers, Team Members, and Delivery Drivers – casual dining.
  5. Food Servers

Additional High Demand Job Titles

  • Registered Nurses (RNs)
  • Restaurant General Managers

In the list above, the number of Physical and Occupational Therapists needed are each equal to 3 times the number of openings for Assistant Managers. At the same time, many vacancies exit in the Dining industry, from full service to fast food.

Top 5 Projected Jobs With the Most Openings to 2016

(Fastest increases by percentage not available)

  1. Cashiers, except in Gaming
  2. Salespersons
  3. Wait Staff: Waiters and Waitresses
  4. Customer Service Representatives
  5. Registered Nurses (RNs)

Projected openings through 2016 match fairly well with current job listings, at least in industries: Dining, Retail, and Healthcare. Neither match the top three industries in the economy overall, though, which seem not to be creating new jobs. Alternative fuels are seeming to take the place of petroleum slowly, but aerospace jobs may increase with the advances expected in privatized space flight and space tourism from 2010 through mid-century.

Aspen Grove in Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming
Aspen Grove in Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming

8) Wyoming

Business Insider finds that Wyoming economy depends largely on Mining/Mineral Extraction, Agriculture, and Tourism. At the same time, we find that the job listings are concentrated most highly in Healthcare, Management, Dining, and Retail. The last three fit into Tourism very well.

Top 5 Most Often Listed Job Titles

  1. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  2. Physicians for Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics
  3. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  4. Managers and Assistant Managers – Dining, retail, and other.
  5. Salespersons

Additional High Demand Job Titles

  • Restaurant and Kitchen Managers
  • Customer Service Associates
  • Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs)
  • Food Servers

Top 5 Projected Fastest Growing Jobs to 2016

  1. Tank car, truck, and ship loaders
  2. Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers
  3. Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping
  4. Computer software applications engineers - IT
  5. Veterinarians

These job projections match the industries of Mining and Extraction, Gaming, IT and Healthcare, with Gaming and even IT fitting into Tourism.

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9) Minnesota: Home of America's Best City

Minnesota is one of the Top 10 States with Low Unemployment in America, but also is home to Eden Prairie just west of Minneaoplis. This suburb was found in 2010 by CNN Money Magazine online to be the Best Place in America to Live for Work. In addition, many of the suburbs aruond Minneapolis - St. Paul are among the fastest growing places in the country.

Top 10 Hot Jobs in Eden Prairie - Best City in America 2010

Manufacturing, Services, and Education; and to apply diversity of industries to the state economy for maximum success. This looks to be entirely true. In addition, Minnesota is the headquarters state for many top US and global companies (see the links below).

In examining the state and its large metro areas and its fast growing suburbs, I have found larger variety and numbers in job titles advertised and in numbers and types of companies listing jobs than I have for any other State of the Union.

Top 5 Most Often Listed Job Titles

  1. Salespersons and Cashiers/Sales Associates – A tremendous number of these jobs are vacant, when compared with Job Title Number 2:
  2. Assistant Managers – Dining, retail, and other.
  3. Customer Service Representatives and Retail Customer Support Staff
  4. Physical Therapists
  5. Retail Sales Representatives

Additional High Demand Job Titles

  • Registered Nurses (RNs)
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Project Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Wireless Sales Managers

Top 5 Projected Fastest Growing Jobs to 2016

  1. Home Health and Personal Care Aides
  2. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts - IT
  3. Agents/Business Managers for Artists, Performers, and Athletes*
  4. Veterinary Techs and Veterinarians
  5. Computer Software Applications Engineers - IT

*The projected need for Agents and Business Managers reflects not only actors in the growing film industry in Minnesota, but a growing number of authors and publishing houses as well as top professional athletes in this state.

Some Other Major Growth Cities in Minnesota

Food and Dining Along the River

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Dining experiences along the entire length of the Mississippi River via motorcycle caravan. Alton Brown.

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10) Iowa

When people think of Iowa, they often envision fields of corn and cows – and Capt. James T. Kirk, if they are Star Trek® fans! The 2009 Trek reboot film showed a young Kirk motorcycling through Iowa cornfields. Interestingly, Iowa was depicted as home to a major space dock in open country among cornfields as well, which is a possibility since nearby Kansas is an aerospace hub, as is Ohio. Iowa is in a good geographic position for it.

Corn and cows still thrive in 21st Century Iowa, but along with other products. In fact, Iowa has applied diversity to its economy in the form of Biotech, Financial, Government Services, Healthcare, Insurance, and Manufacturing sectors. Business Insider tells us that Standard and Poor awarded Iowa a Triple-A rating for 2009 among only 9 US States so honored. All of these factors contribute to a lower state unemployment rate than the national average.

Top 5 Most Often Listed Job Titles

  1. Managers and Assistant Managers – Various fields.
  2. Occupational Therapists
  3. Physical Therapists
  4. Salespersons and Cashiers
  5. Customer Service Representatives

Additional High Demand Job Titles

  • Registered Nurses/Staff Nurses (RNs)
  • Auditors/Tax Professionals
  • Software Engineers - IT

Top 5 Projected Fastest Growing Jobs to 2016

  1. Gaming Surveillance Officers, Gaming Investigators, and Supervisors
  2. Sailors and Marine Oilers - The Mississippi River is the state's eastern border and several rivers run through Iowa.
  3. Home Health and Personal Care Aides
  4. Computer Software Applications Engineers - IT
  5. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts – IT

Again, top hot jobs listed include familiar positions in Retail, Dining, and Healthcare, along with IT. Maritime jobs are also projected to increase, given the importance of the rivers in Iowa.


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I hope you can live in your favorite state - I see a lot of CNA positions posted - look at and, but a lot of health/medical search engines are around in specific states too.

    • caretakerray profile image

      Ray Van Hoff 

      9 years ago from Michigan U.S.A.

      Patty Inglish, MS ;

      Wowzers! You are through! I have friends in some of these states, maybe I should visit some of them (I'm in Michigan you know).

      I was born in iowa and have family there but the thought of living in Hawaii is apealing. I do internet marketing as well as being a cna for 11yr. in several states so relocation is possible for me.


      caretakerray :)

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for the kind words! It's really interesting to look at this material and try to make connections. Hopes it helps people. :)

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      I admire you for doing so much research to help others. A very inspiring hub.

    • eovery profile image


      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Wyoming had a lot of oilfield jobs, but it ended when BO and crew shutdown drilling on government grounds.

      Keep on hubbing!

    • K9keystrokes profile image

      India Arnold 

      9 years ago from Northern, California

      Eden Praire may well be flooded with those who are experiencing a low unemployment rate in their own city, as it offers open jobs the multitudes may well be in route! Great maps, good information and wonderful support for those who seek employment in anoher 5 Hot states! Thanks for the read.



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