Low Unemployment and Low Population

President Obama just gave a big speech on jobs and job creation. In an article that I was reading, I saw a map highlighting which states had high and low unemployment rates. I also noticed that a sparsely populated state where I used to live (South Dakota) had a low rate of unemployment. So then I went over to Wikipedia and got some numbers. Here’s what I came up with:

Am I the only one to see this correlation? And if it is indeed a correlation, what’s the explanation?


One thought on “Low Unemployment and Low Population”

  1. well, an obvious answer is that no one wants to move to these places… so fewer people competing for open jobs = lower unemployment rate. The problem is much more complex than that, but I think it’s definitely a contributor. Some of the jobs I applied for in “cool” places to live (OR, NM, etc) had 200-300 applicants. The job I landed in BFE Indiana had 15.

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