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Here are the 10 worst states to find work ranked by their unemployment rates.


1. Michigan
Unemployment rate: 7.6 percent
Population: 10,071,822
Mean annual wage: $41,230
Top industry: Trade, transportation and utilities (18.4 percent)***


2. Mississippi
Unemployment rate: 6.8 percent
Population: 2,918,785
Mean annual wage: $30,460
Top industry: Government (21.2 percent)


3. South Carolina
Unemployment rate: 6.6 percent
Population: 4,407,709
Mean annual wage: $33,400
Top industry: Trade, transportation and utilities (19.4 percent)


4. Alaska
Unemployment rate: 6.5 percent
Population: 683,478
Mean annual wage: $43,920
Top industry: Government (25.9 percent)


5. California
Unemployment rate: 6.1 percent
Population: 36,553,215
Mean annual wage: $44,180
Top industry: Trade, transportation and utilities (18.9 percent)


6. District of Columbia
Unemployment rate: 6.1 percent
Population: 588,292
Mean annual wage: $61,500
Top industry: Government (33.3 percent)


7. Ohio
Unemployment rate: 6 percent
Population: 11,466,917
Mean annual wage: $37,360
Top industry: Trade, transportation and utilities (19.3 percent)


8. Arkansas
Unemployment rate: 5.9 percent
Population: 2,834,797
Mean annual wage: $30,870
Top industry: Trade, transportation and utilities (20.6 percent)


9. Nevada
Unemployment rate: 5.8 percent
Population: 2,565,382
Mean annual wage: $36,000
Top industry: Leisure and hospitality (26.5 percent)


10. Kentucky
Unemployment rate: 5.7 percent
Population: 4,241,474
Mean annual wage: $33,490
Top industry: Trade, transportation and utilities (20.4 percent)


The most recent numbers I could get. Notice Alaska, the top employer there is Government.

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I just came back from visiting a friend at the University of Michigan. The hospitals there are hurting from the many patients that can't pay their bills. Families are being kicked out of their houses on a massive scale. Stores and restaurants are noticeably empty. A lot of scared folks there.

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I just came back from visiting a friend at the University of Michigan. The hospitals there are hurting from the many patients that can't pay their bills.

In the deep south, more than 50% of all bankruptcies are caused by non-payment of doctor/hospital bills!

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In the deep south, more than 50% of all bankruptcies are caused by non-payment of doctor/hospital bills!

Dito in the far west.

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Wow, for the few souls that live in Alaska, the oil revenue would make them all millionaires. On top of that, they can charge the US for all those military bases.

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