Most troubled states: where will they be in 2013?

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Today on CNNMoney.com an article was released which identified the five states with the highest unemployment rates in the month of May.  Those hardest hit states were Michigan, Oregon, South Carolina, Rhode Island, and California.  So long as you haven't been residing in a cave or under a rock somewhere, you know the country is struggling with joblessness; more importantly looking forward, will these states be in shambles in the future? With this thought in mind and out of sheer curiosity, investigating the employment situation in those states seemed like a good idea.

The following data points were cherry picked from the Onboard databases to help paint a picture of the employment situation in 2013:

  • 2013 State  Employment projections, highest and lowest within the state
  • 2013 County  Employment projections, highest and lowest within the state
  • 2013 Place Employment projections, highest and lowest within the state

All projection data is proprietary information from Onboard Informatics.

Michigan

  • State 2013 Employment Projection: 4,731,843
  • County with the Lowest 2013 Employment Projection: Keweenaw County, 828
  • County with the Highest 2013 Employment Projection: Wayne County, 803,976
  • Place with the Lowest 2013 Employment Projection: Vandalia, Mi (Cass County), 24
  • Place with the Highest 2013 Employment Projection: Detroit, Mi (Wayne County), 294,230

Oregon

  • State 2013 Employment Projection: 1,950,118
  • County with the Lowest 2013 Employment Projection: Wheeler County, 522
  • County with the Highest 2013 Employment Projection: Wayne County, 364,400
  • Place with the Lowest 2013 Employment Projection: Greenhorn, Or (Baker County), 24
  • Place with the Highest 2013 Employment Projection: Portland, Or (Clackamas County), 294,230

South Carolina

  • State 2013 Employment Projection: 2,148,003
  • County with the Lowest 2013 Employment Projection: Allendale County, 3,180
  • County with the Highest 2013 Employment Projection: Greenville County, 221,147
  • Place with the Lowest 2013 Employment Projection: Lockhart, SC (Union County), 13
  • Place with the Highest 2013 Employment Projection: Charleston, SC (Berkeley County), 52,164

Rhode Island

  • State 2013 Employment Projection: 545,575
  • County with the Lowest 2013 Employment Projection: Bristol County, 28,166
  • County with the Highest 2013 Employment Projection: Providence County, 311,167
  • Place with the Lowest 2013 Employment Projection: Melville, RI (Newport County), 624
  • Place with the Highest 2013 Employment Projection: Providence, RI (Providence County), 76,423

California

  • State 2013 Employment Projection: 18,419,297
  • County with the Lowest 2013 Employment Projection: Alpine County, 606
  • County with the Highest 2013 Employment Projection: Los Angeles County, 4,905,858
  • Place with the Lowest 2013 Employment Projection: Storrie, Ca (Plumas County), 2
  • Place with the Highest 2013 Employment Projection: Los Angeles, Ca (Los Angeles County), 1,866,663

The employment numbers represent the projected number of people working within a specified geography level (state/county/place). It does not reflect the number of people that live and work within the specified geography level (i.e. people living and working in different counties).  If you have any questions, please contact us.

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