Unemployment and Other Non-Existent Issues in the North Central US

Unemployment and Other Non-Existent Issues in the North Central US

Unemployment North Central

The north central region of the United States is one of the most overlooked. It doesn’t have the glitz and glamor of states like California and Nevada. It doesn’t have the economic power of many New England states and it’s not afflicted with border issues like the states in the south or north.

Ask anyone from outside the US to name all fifty states and there’s good chance they will start with those on the coast and either end with those in the north central region, or forget about them altogether. They are considered lesser states, poorer states and states that have no draw for tourism.

But all is not as it seems. From an employment perspective, there is a lot of positivity here and that seems to have spread to other areas, making this one of the cleanest, safety regions in the United States.

Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did you?

Unemployment in North Central US

Firstly, let’s take a look at the official unemployment rates as posted by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. At the top of the list, for the states with the highest unemployment rates, you will find New Mexico, D.C. and West Virginia, with Alaska leading the way by a country mile ahead of all of them.

The state with the highest unemployment rate in this region is Missouri, which is ranked 19th in total. This means that all states in this small region can be found in the top 20, higher than the likes of California, Texas, Florida, New York and New Jersey. Of course, those states attract a lot of homelessness in general, but that doesn’t excuse the likes of Rhode Island, which has nearly twice the unemployment rate of states like Iowa.

These are states built on industries that have existed for generations. States where jobs are passed down in families and where few people leave for the big cities on the coast. You could see that as a bad thing, but it helps to make these states some of the richest and the mist stable in the country and you just can’t argue with that.

Drugs and Crime

There are lower rates of prescription painkiller abuse in this region. In fact, there are lower rates of prescription painkillers even being handed out. Just take a look at this form which covers the rates of prescription painkiller use in the US and you will see that the places in yellow, covering the lowest amounts, are focused on the north central region.

Drug overdoses, abuse and drug related crime are all low in this area as well, and this goes hand in hand with the low unemployment and the low number of prescriptions.

Prescription painkiller abuse is a huge issue in the US right now and it’s often thought to be focused on central states. To an extent, this is true, but as you can see from that chart it has pretty much stayed clear from this particular region.

Divorce Rates are Low

A few years ago the Ashley Madison scandal rocked the world of online dating, ending many marriages and causing all kinds of trouble across the US. Millions were hit and the divorce rate increased insignificantly thanks to this dating site scandal, click here to read about that if you haven’t already. Except, that is, for states in the north central region.

The rate of divorce in Iowa is the lowest in the country, a quarter of what it is in states like Nevada and Oklahoma. And it’s not the only one, because Illinois has the second lowest rate, while Kansas also has a low rate. There are no north central states within the top fifteen, and the rates have also been stabilized here.

This area may be the epicenter of jokes about wives and husbands in the United States, but it’s clearly not the epicenter of divorce and that’s just the icing on the cake for this region. It’s hard to tie all of this into the low unemployment rate, but happy lives start with stability and financial security and all of that is rooted in employment.

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