U.S. unemployment rates have been slipping, hitting a two-year low last month, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday. But what about the rate of underemployment, or the number of workers employed part time who are seeking full-time work?

According to a Gallup poll published Friday, the national underemployment average was 19% in 2010. Illinois, California and Michigan had the highest percentages of underemployed workers in the country last year, leading a group of nine states that had an underemployment rate of between 21% and 25%. The other states included Hawaii, North Carolina, Oregon, Florida, Mississippi and Nevada.

Meanwhile, North Dakota and Wyoming boasted the lowest underemployment in the country last year, with rates between 9% and 12%, according to the Gallup survey of more than 210,000 U.S. adults. And Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and New Hampshire had the next best job markets last year, with underemployment rates of between 12% and 15%.

Gallup defines underemployment as the percentage of adults who are working less than 30 hours a week, but who want to be fully employed.

The report is consistent with another Gallup report on job markets published earlier this week, which found that North Dakota was the best place to find a job last year, followed by South Dakota, Alaska and Washington D.C. Arkansas, West Virginia, Maryland and Texas also ranked high on Gallup's so-called Job Creation Index.


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sitemfg

The liberal states have the most problems.

March 07 2011 at 4:47 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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rayanthony2

THE LIBERAL STATE HAVE THE MOST PEOPLE DUMMY

March 16 2011 at 11:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jay

DUH!!!!!.......it is because of the taxes stupid!

March 07 2011 at 1:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dalienday

and this article is stupid as the reason why wyoming and north dakota are low in unemployment is that no one lives there..(and who'd want to honestly)..and ditto iowa, kansas, nebraska (ive never been to New Hampshire so i cant say)

March 07 2011 at 12:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Trevor

Because the most jobs always exist where there is the least population.

March 07 2011 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rayanthony2

YOUR RIGHT WHO IN THE HELL IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WANTS TO LIVE IN THESE STATES LOL I'M FROM OMAHA,NE AND I WOULD NOT EVER LIVE THERE AGAIN

March 16 2011 at 11:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chancetwo8jr

North Dakota # 1......Heck yes its called OIL!! Oil brings in jobs.

March 07 2011 at 12:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dalienday

tm...id say the Rocky Mountain News died simply because most people in this country prefer to watch non news networks rather than read...or get thier news off the net

and michigan died because they were trying to sell the country suvs when gas was $4 a gallon

unions didnt kill either of these...poor management decisions and failiure to adapt did

March 07 2011 at 12:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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rayanthony2

YOUR RIGHT BUT YOU MISSED THE HIGH CEO, CFO INCOMES ALSO HELP BRING THE COMPANY DOWN TO , WHY DO WE PAY SOME PERSON MILLIONS TO SIT ON THEIR ASSES DOING NOTHING , LOWER LEVEL MANAGEMENT DOES ALL THE WORK WHILE THESE CEO'S AND CFO'S ARE OUT PLAYING GOLF

March 16 2011 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TM

In Denver, Colorado, THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS had been in business over one hundred years. The printer would hang paper and then run the printer until the paper ran out, at which time the printer would hang more paper and then again run his printer. The came the Printers Union and said that the printer could no longer hang his own paper. That forced the ROCKY to hire a paper hang to stand around until the paper ran out. Where is the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS today. Dead and gone, the cost of labor became to expensive.This is an example of what unions can do to a country.

March 06 2011 at 10:58 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
TM

Michigan can thank the good old UAW. Detroit was the evnvy of the world until the UAW destroyed the BIG THREE! Unions are/will be the down fall of America!

March 06 2011 at 10:56 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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jmitch7989

You got it right. they have outlived there use.

March 07 2011 at 5:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rayanthony2

HIGH SALARIES BEING PAID TO THE CEO'S IS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM

March 17 2011 at 12:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gmkph

To evd10 Michigan is under republican control NOT DEMOCRATS. Deomcrats do not control anything in Michigan. I hate to burst your bubble. Jobs continue to leave the state even with your rebuplican buddies in control-imagine that!!!!!

March 06 2011 at 10:26 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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Musclepro

Hey I love Israelis and know they can'y go anywhere else on earth but we must look at the bigger picture....Has supporting their cause helped us? ....I am serious ...I really do love Israel and the people of Israel...its just we have so many factors pointing out the obvious..If we only control them like we do these A-rabs it would be better for us! ...You know Im right!

March 06 2011 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tcellguru

what a surprise, these states have the largest minority populations.

March 06 2011 at 8:43 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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evd10

And of course they are run by Democrats.

March 06 2011 at 9:01 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
nasknit

And, pretty hefty ILLEGAL ALIEN populations- Which equals not much income tax coming in, and lots of services being paid for (money going out)!

March 07 2011 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply