New state-level unemployment data is out and it shows the unemployment rate declining in 43 states. The striking thing continues to be very large gaps from place to place:
Unfortunately for the country, the six very low unemployment states on the map have about 7.5 million total residents — somewhat fewer than New York City. But the moral of the story is pretty clear. If you want a job, head for Omaha or Salt Lake City or the wide open spaces of the Plains (or Vermont; there's always Vermont).