For a change of pace from all the doom and gloom hype coming out of Washington, DC let’s look at a little bit of information about unemployment rates as released by the Bureau of Labor. Where jobs can be found is also where the private sector is flourishing. Where jobs can’t be is where they are counting on the public sector and tourism to come to the rescue.
5 Places where people can find a job
- Midland, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.1% rate of unemployment Mike Conaway-R R+29 PVI Midland’s economy relies heavily on petroleum; however, the city has also diversified to become a regional telecommunications and distribution center. By August 2006, a busy period of crude oil production had caused a significant workforce deficit. According to the Midland Chamber of Commerce, at that time there were almost 2,000 more jobs available in the Permian Basin than there were workers to fill them.
- Bismarck, ND Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.3% rate of unemployment Kevin Cramer-R R+10 PVI Bismarck is booming. Behind the growth is the oil boom to the west of the state fueling the economy. Farmers are doing well here. Manufacturing is also up — meat plants and factories that make heaters are hiring.
- Lincoln, NE Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.4% rate of unemployment Jeff Fortenberry-R R+11 PVI Agriculture has historically been the backbone of Nebraska’s economy, with cattle, corn, hogs, and soybeans leading the state’s list of farm products. However, Nebraska is attempting to diversify its economy and has been successful in attracting new business, in large part because of its location near western coal and oil deposits. The largest portion of the state’s labor force is employed in agriculture, either directly or indirectly—as farm workers, as factory workers in the food-processing and farm-equipment industries, or as providers of related services. The service sector, which includes not only the servicing of equipment but also the high growth areas of health and business services and telemarketing, expanded at an annual rate of 4.4 percent.
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