To tell the story about recent job creation on a state-by-state basis in this country, you have to start with North Dakota. One of the plain states, its employment picture is anything but, thanks to the shale oil boom. North Dakota boasts a 2.6 percent unemployment rate (as of June 2014) and is in the enviable position of having to fill what a state marketing campaign crows are 20,000 jobs.
The Rough Rider state leads the other 49 in job creation over the last year, growing jobs at a healthy 5.2 percent clip from April of 2013 to April of 2014. Many of the other states are seeing similar, if not quite as spectacular, job growth, as they appear to finally be getting their footing after stumbling badly during the Great Recession. Unlike North Dakota, though, these states are merely regaining ground they lost in the last seven years.
"In 2013, carrying forward from 2012, growth has become more broad-based geographically, " said Professor Stephen Brown, a director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.