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Top 10 US States For Increasing Jobs and Low Unemployment 2010 - 2020

The preserved Mandan village called "On-a-Slant" at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, North Dakota. The Mandan are among nations in control of large oil holdings.

The preserved Mandan village called "On-a-Slant" at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, North Dakota. The Mandan are among nations in control of large oil holdings.

Workers in High Demand in These States

During 3rd QTR 2010, analysts at the popular Business Insider online magazine at the web site http://www.businessinsider.com/ published their interesting findings of the Top 10 US States with Ridiculously Low Unemployment. By "ridiculously" low, the staff of Business Insider means that the rates of unemployment among these Top 10 States are significantly lower than the US national average in July 2010 (9.5%) and show signs of staying lower for quite some time.

The range of Unemployment Rates in these 10 states is a low of 3.6% to a high of 6.8% (still nearly 3% lower than the US average). These 10 are states that are expected to exhibit not only low unemployment rates, but directly related to that, higher demand for workers than other states. This trend is likely to extend through 2020 and beyond.

The states on this list may be surprising. Many are states that workers have not considered previously for relocation and jobs, because of distances, perhaps colder climates, and overall less-dense populations. Some workers may even feel that particular areas of these states are "in the middle of nowhere." However, they all present advantages, as you will see below.

Why These 10 States?

What’s different about these Top 10 States from the rest of the country?

  • While job losses occurred from coast to coast in the 2000s, not all states were as adversely affected as others by job losses. Some new jobs were also created.
  • Another plus is that the Top 10 States pursue a diversity of industries to support the state economy, rather than to rely on a single industry.
  • These 10 states demonstrate and adequate supply of natural resources (especially North Dakota) and these resources can be used in traditional and alternative energy production as well as in other manufacturing.
  • The Top 10 States with Low Unemployment have been able to fill jobs with skilled workers and need more in the 2010s and 2020s.

Business Insider Information

States 1 through 5


The New Town Oil Boom and Jobs 2010 - 2020

The Native American Nations on a major reservation around the city of New Town discovered additional huge amounts of oil on their lands. They have received contracts and funding for a projected 29 new oil wells beginning in 2010 and have contracted with a Canadian firm to receive billions of gallons of oil from the Alberta Pipeline to process as well.

Not only only are former residents around New Town returning to the area to go back to work, but new workers will be needed soon as well. New housing is already in high demand and with new workers to move into the state, even more housing will be needed. Along with this increase, new businesses will be required to serve this increased population.

Business Insider points out that North Dakota's economy is largely supported by Agriculture, petroleum, food processing, and tourism. However, I feel that petroelum and natural will take the lead in the 2010s, with local petroleum companies next investigating alternative energies.


  • Oil and Gas Jobs
  • Managers and Assistant Managers
  • Registered Nurses (RNs)
  • Retail Salesersons
  • Retail Sales Representatives

Petroleum companies increasing hiring:

  • Haliburton
  • Hess Corporation
  • EOG Resources
  • ONEOK, Inc.
  • Marathon Oil
  • Watco, Inc.

Top 5 Projected Fastest Growing Jobs to 2016

  1. Computer systems software engineers - IT
  2. Network systems and data communications analysts - IT
  3. Architects
  4. Rotary drill operators, oil and gas
  5. Derrick operators, oil and gas


2) South Dakota

Top 5 Job Listings most frequent among 9,000 Openings:

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Assistant Managers
  3. Occupational Therapists
  4. Certified Nurse's Aides (CNAs)
  5. Managers - Restaurants

Top 5 Projected Fastest Growing Jobs

  1. Chemical equipment operators
  2. Aircraft assemblers
  3. Computer applications software engineers - IT
  4. Plating and coating machine setters and operators
  5. Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters and operators

Health/Medical and various Food Services are advertising the most jobs in this state. Business Insider reports that Services, Government (Ellsworth Air Force Base), and Agriculture sustain the economy. The AFB is, indeed, the second largest employer by numbers employed in the statem while top job openings do reflect Services, including Health Services. Projections also show manufacturing jobs.

3) Nebraska

Top 5 Jobs Listings among 25,000+ openings.

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Managers and Assistant Managers - Retail and other
  • Speech Therapists
  • Certified Nurse's Aides (CNAs)

Top 5 Projected Fastest Growing Jobs

  1. Petroleum operators and gaugers
  2. Network systems and data communications analysts
  3. Dental hygienists
  4. Marriage and family therapists
  5. Dental assistants

Business Insider lists the state economy supported by Agriculture, Freight, Passenger Transport, IT, Telecommunications, and Manufacturing. However, Government is the largest employer, at Offutt Air Force Base and other agencies among the Top 50 Largest Employers.

4) New Hampshire

Top 5 Jobs Listings among 18,100+ openings.

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Physicians
  3. Retail Sales Representatives
  4. Occupational Therapists
  5. Salespersons

Top 5 Projected Fastest Growing Jobs

  1. Home health and other personal aides
  2. Network systems and data communications analysts - IT
  3. Marriage and family therapists
  4. Social and human service assistants
  5. Computer software applications engineers - IT

Agriculture, Tourism, and Manufacturing, along with a highly educated worker pool, are listed by Business Insider as the major economic strengths in this state. In addition, the University System of New Hampshire is the Number One Employer in terms of numbers of workers. This matches the sales and health related jobs listed above.

5) Vermont

Top 5 Jobs Listings among 8,600+ openings.

  1. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  2. Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs)
  3. Speech Language Pathologists
  4. Administrative Assistant - Health related
  5. Registered Nurses (RNs)

Top 5 Projected Fastest Growing Jobs

  1. Pharmacy technicians
  2. Computer software applications engineers - IT
  3. Home health aides
  4. Veterinary techs
  5. Pharmacists

The Business Insider report finds Vermont economically supported by Farming, Logging, Manufacturing, Insurance, Tourism, and Quarrying. The job listings and projecdtions show a preponderence of Health and Medical jobs, although some of these would be incolved int he Insurance industry and IT can be used in all industries..


The second half of the Top 10 States with Low Unemployment include Hawaii, Kansas, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Iowa. One of these states, Minnesota, is home to the Best City in America for Living in 2010, according to CNN Money Magazine online.

All five of the remaining Top 10 States in this list will be presented in the next Hub on this subject.


States 6 through 10

Wind Farming is increasing in Prairie and Western States In Part II.

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bakkendispatch from North Dakota on October 19, 2012:

Those stats on the biggest growth jobs in ND is interesting. Goes to show how important supporting sectors of the local economies are.

Keeley Shea from Norwich, CT on August 17, 2011:

This is an excellent hub! Written with a ton of information yet set up to be extremely easy to read. Thank you for doing the research and writing this hub!

The_Idea_Gal on August 10, 2011:

Very good employment resource. Will be following you!

LULU SUE1987 on June 03, 2011:

Good information

Support Med. from Michigan on April 27, 2011:

Maybe those states in the high unemployment percentage can learn something from the states with lower unemployment percentages. It's obvious no state should have tunnel vision. v/r

AllSuretyBonds on March 09, 2011:

Great Hub. Very interesting and informative information. I never would have imagined that manager positions were that sought after.

TroyM on November 05, 2010:

Great in-depth info here, thanks! My own state isn't listed, bummer :)

advertisingbootca on November 04, 2010:

Excellent hub with fantastic information.


SunshineState12 from Florida on November 04, 2010:

To think that I moved from NH to FLA! Ugh! Here's to wishing Scott can create new jobs. Great hub, thank you!

cballi316 from USA on November 04, 2010:

Wow, I would never have guessed the Dakotas. Very interesting!

Allsortz on November 04, 2010:

Hi patty

Great hub with great ideas. I'm voting this hub up!!

jamesmspacey from Hobart, Australia on November 04, 2010:

That was the most interesting hub I've read in a while. I'm an MBA, so this sort of thing is always something I find fascinating. I was particularly curious about the fact that managers are one of the most sought after jobs. I wonder whether this is a result of so many managers being made redundant during the GFC and now corporations are hiring again. Thanks! JMS

rmills123 from Ecru,Ms on November 03, 2010:

Real good hub. I like your pictures and maps.

suejanet on November 03, 2010:

Amazing Hub, very good information. Maybe some other sould follow the lead

Trinsick from Cali on November 03, 2010:

Amazing how so many trade jobs are in demand.

kimmanleyort on November 03, 2010:

Excellent research, Paula, and very relevant.

moumaiazoun from lebanon on November 03, 2010:


it is very nice

jeanie.stecher from Seattle on November 03, 2010:

Yes this is quite true. Once a state has a projected improvement within those span of years, they would try to facilitate jobs. These jobs are signs of progress and progress means good governance and opportunities. Indeed if this will push through, the state will be more and more progressive.

rafibarlev on November 03, 2010:

Great, really interesting how different the states are as far as job growth and so on!

redcross12 on November 03, 2010:

Valuable and informative for all of us. It surely took a vast research. well done!

Runway from New York on November 01, 2010:

very interesting! too bad I don't live in one of those states!

Donna Oliver from Midwest, U.S.A. on October 31, 2010:

Current and informative research. Thank you for sharing!

AaronAdamic from New York on October 28, 2010:

Very informative and useful facts. Thanks for your great hub!

alertswiftreview from USA on October 27, 2010:

This is really a great research and thank you for sharing this useful information with us. As persons who are looking for the jobs in next few years can make use of this valuable information.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 27, 2010:

In addition, around several cities, the suburbs are creating so many jobs that the suburbs and cities are filling their outskirts in with businesses and residentsw and becoming so dense and wide that they meet boundaries and form a megaplex. We're going to see more and more megaplexes as the population of the USA increases. We see it in Canada in Ontario, the most densely populated Province - the Golden Horseshoe around Toronto and Lake Erie is the densest area, spreading progressively outward. The Ohio Space Corridor form Cincinnati up through Dayton/Fairborn and further to Columbus is filling in, the southern part most dense in 2010. Other areas of the US has the jobs and not as dense population at this time, so perhaps the new graduates will move there soon.

Thanks for comments!

lender3212000 from Beverly Hills, CA on October 27, 2010:

Fascinating that outside of the ones on the east coast, many of the openings seem to be concentrated in areas where not a lot of people are racing to live. I'm originally from the midwest and the majority of qualified candidates for skilled positions move to other areas as soon as they get their degree. Eventually that mentality will have to shift back in the direction of following the available jobs.

katrinasui on October 24, 2010:

Great hub with well researched info.

Tankadin on October 19, 2010:

Thank you for this hub and all of your research. I have been looking for a job and will use this information.

lee1 on September 25, 2010:

I truly needed this information.Thanks, you did a great job.

MKayo from Texas on September 18, 2010:

You really know your stuff and really put a lot of work into this info. I can see this Hub being very helpful to a lot of people looking for work or changing jobs in the next few years. Thanks!

cooperfsu from Valencia, Spain on September 17, 2010:

You certainly have done your research. Thanks for this good information. I may have to consider moving.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 17, 2010:

So what? My last employer closed down in 2005 just after I suffered a debilitating injury (fine now, thanks) and I made my own work forever after and got off the "unemployed" status before I was on. Many others should do the same.

The number of advertised jobs in the above places and most of Money.com's Best places to Live in America are large and Low UI often means unfilled jobs and a substantial number of people already working. I agree that some job seekers give up looking, but I don't believe the 20% at all. And if I could manage in the face of several obstacles - injury, a bit older and no family, job gone, landlord lost the building in bankruptcy, etc., etc. -- all WITHOUT my receiving any welfare or govt help -- then so can others.

ptosis from Arizona on September 17, 2010:

I must protest - a low UI figure doesn't translate into jobs. Why? Because if run out of UI benefits then you are considered a "discouraged worker" and no longer counted as unemployed.

The true unemployment is MUCH higher than 9.7%. BTW - if it goes over 10% - the federal extension kicks in. USA in a MAJOR depression and the TRUE unemployment is more like 20% - and not less than 10% IF counted the old way before 1991 - when the counting method was changed

IzzyM from UK on September 17, 2010:

Know where to move to to find work now. Thanks!

triosol on September 16, 2010:

Excellent hub with Well researched information.

PierrePierre on September 15, 2010:

All of your hubs are inlcuded many useful and valuable information. Highly readable?

Ray Van Hoff from Michigan U.S.A. on September 10, 2010:

Patty Inglish, MS:

This is a Great Hub! You were right, I was suprised to see the top ten.

Very informative and through as always.


caretakerray :)

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on September 08, 2010:

Excellent hub with fantastic information. Well done!

Wendy Henderson from Cape Coral on September 08, 2010:

Thank you for another well researched hub.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 08, 2010:

It is great that you all take the time to read and post comments on these work and travel Hubs. Sometimes they help online readers to find a job after a layoff.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on September 08, 2010:

This is great news. I am glad not only for the Native American to prosper but also other people, hopefully the right one. Thank you for the research and information.

Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on September 07, 2010:

Excellent work as usual. Loving this map feature! Write On!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 07, 2010:

It was interesting to do - I'd never thought of living in the Prairie States, but there are advantages. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Petstrel from Slovenia on September 07, 2010:

A great hub. Researched, detailed and well written.

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