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Places Where Unemployment Doesn’t Exist

11 Dec


Can you imagine that with millions of  job seeking Americans now unemployed that there are places in the nation where virtually the entire town/city has a job? Yes, it’s true. I read it today in Yahoo!News.

These are the cities where near EVERYONE has a job:

1.  Bismarck, North Dakota
Oct. 2012 unemployment rate: 2.2%
Total population: 110,879
Median household income: $58,781

Bismarck, N.D. had the lowest unemployment rate of all metro areas in the U.S. with just 2.2% of the workforce unemployed in October.

2. Fargo, North Dakota
Oct. 2012 unemployment rate: 2.8%
Total population: 211,729
Median household income: $52,393

3. Grand Forks, N.D.-Minnesota

Oct. 2012 unemployment rate: 3.1%
Total population: 98,512
Median household income: $46,718

Have you heard about the huge oil boom there? People’s backyards and acreage is making several multimillionaires out there.

4. Lincoln, Nebraska

Oct. 2012 unemployment rate: 3.2%
Total population: 307,165
Median household income:$49,315

5. Midland, Texas
Oct. 2012 unemployment rate: 3.3% (tied for 6th)
Total population:140,308
Median household income: $54,330

According to the Bureau of Labor & Statistics the mining, logging and construction industry were the top employers in the metropolitan area as of October.

6. Ames, Iowa
Oct. 2012 unemployment rate: 3.4% (tied for 6th)
Total population: 89,663
Median household income: $45,866

Like Iowa City, Ames is a college town with Iowa State bringing in educated professionals from around the world. I don’t know what it is but some tiny part of me has wanted to live in Iowa for years.  I think I have a thing for open land. 

7. Iowa City, Iowa

Oct. 2012 unemployment rate: 3.4% (tied for 6th

Total population:154,893

Median household income:$52,602

Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa, which employs approximately 13,000 people, including 1,700 faculty positions.

8. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Oct. 2012 unemployment rate: 3.7%
Total population: 232,347
Median household income: $55,609

The largest employers in the area is Sanford Health and Avera Health, employing 7,703 and 5,921 people.  Also Wells Fargo and Citigroup are major employers in the region also.

9. Burlington, South Burlington, Vt.
Oct. 2012 unemployment rate: 3.8% (tied for 9th)
Total population: 213,624
Median household income: $60,771

Burlington is home to the University of Vermont, which has 10,459 undergraduate students, 1,540 graduate students and 1,471 full- and part-time faculty.

10. Logan, Utah-Idaho
Oct. 2012 unemployment rate: 3.8% (tied for 9th)
Total population:124,813
Median household income: $46,356

Who knew that Idaho or North/South Dakota were places to consider moving to?!

I know what you’re thinking…But all of these places are in West Numchuck Nowhere!  I know.  I was thinking the exact same thing which is why I’m still here in Washington, D.C. groveling for a decent paying job among all the other job beggars.

Hmm. If I had some spending money I’d take a trip to Iowa and see what all the fuss hiring is about.



What NOT To Wear…

15 Aug

…to an interview, that is.

Not that you don’t know this stuff but in a work-related blog you come across these subjects.

It is my duty to share this with you.

It’s amazing how many people still wear–ahem–questionable attire to an interview.

I once went to an interview with a temp service and a girl came in in the dead of winter with one of those cut-off shirts exposing her navel with a dangling belly button ring. 

The horror.

I couldn’t stop staring.

To make matters worse (as if it could get any worse) she was wearing chunky Steve Madden shoes and super tight polyester pants.

I couldn’t stop staring. It was like watching a car accident.

To make matters worse she was popping gum.

Earlier this year I went to another temp service interview in a big-player suburb of Washington, D.C., Tysons Corner, and I saw a girl with multi-colored braids in her hair with matching eye shadow and matching fingernails. I think her purse was the same color.

I felt pain in my eyeballs.

I could not believe the temp employees didn’t just tell girlfriend that she looked a mess and to please leave immediately “because there’s no way we can place you in an OFFICE ENVIRONMENT.”

What are people thinking?

Times sure have changed since I first entered the workforce many several years ago.  I mean, there was no such thing as tattoos. Plural. Or pink hair in the office environment. Or mohawks on anyone other than punk rocker kids who worked at the record store anyway. There were no nose rings and strikingly long fingernails with designs on them.

Why, we were modest and clean-cut and respectful of others’ retinas.

Sure, we looked like a business attire cult of some sort, but the point is we were modest. Most of us anyway.

Hey, I’m all about fabric freedom but if you’re gonna play the game, play it right. You should see me when I go in for interviews…They have no idea I loathe CubicleVille, that I write scathing reviews of it, that I’d rather be somewhere else wearing mix-matched clothing and staring into space. It’s OK to assimilate a tiny bit. Just a tiny bit.

Hope your job search is going smoother than mine. Nix those questionable outfits and get a regular paycheck. Make pretending–ahem–fun.

Do You Have a “Black Sounding” Name?

12 Jul

I love investigative reporting to the innermost bone. I do, I do. It’s investigative reporting that made me want to be a news anchor to begin with. As a kid I watched 60 Minutes just as intently as my grandmother, as Morley Safer or Mike Wallace would dig deep into the nitty gritty filthy dirty backdoor nastiness of a story. With hidden cameras sometimes.

Did I mention I love investigative reporting?

Enter 20/20 with an investigative report based on the bestselling book Freakonomics’ claim that black sounding names get–ahem–picked over for jobs by–ahem–white sounding names . This is fascinating stuff but somehow not so shocking. The news show put 22 pairs of names of what Freakonomics claims are the “blackest” and “whitest” sounding names (both male & female) to the test by posting identical resumes except for the names at the top.

Hmm, want to guess which names got rejected?

The “white sounding” names were downloaded and reviewed 17% more than the “black sounding” names by job recruiters, according to ABC News. Just what were some of those “black sounding” names?

For females:


For males:


For white females:










And for white males?











Fascinating, huh?

The National Bureau of Economic Research also did a similar study/report on the subject and stated that “a white name yields as many more callbacks as an additional eight years of experience [of those with ‘black’ names].”


Apparently there’s a (new) term or two for all this hoopla: “dialing back blackness”  or “whitening the resume.” On paper, at least. (Of course there’s the matter of showing up and the hiring personnel noticing that “Rebecca” on paper is actually not the white woman they may have expected.)  Ouch.

For other interesting reading on this subject, click here.

Oh, the world we live in.

Editing note: I don’t know why but the double-space on the “white” names lists will not correct itself; sorry for the inconsistency.

What about you? Do you have a “black” or “white” sounding name? Have you even had to take notice?

Six Careers With Staying Power

10 Jul

The U.S. Department of Labor projects many industries – including health care and education – will experience high growth between 2010 and 2020, according to a February 2012 economic news release.

From Yahoo! Education

Those six careers are…

1.  Medical & Health Services Manager

Job Details: Health services managers typically manage finances of a department or facility, organize records like the number of inpatient beds used, and communicate with other members of the medical staff. The Department of Labor projects employment in this field to grow 22 percent, which is equivalent to 68,000 jobs, from 2010 to 2020.

2. Public Relations Specialist

Job Details: Most public relations specialists prepare information for publication in the media. It is also likely that some will develop and maintain their organization’s corporate image and identity, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Changes are taking place in the communications world, especially when it comes to the Internet and social media. New media – and the rapid spread of information on the Internet – will create more work for public relations workers. The Department of Labor projects the field to see a 23 percent growth, or 58,200 new jobs, from 2010 to 2020.

3.  Personal Financial Advisor

Job Details: If this career is for you, you’d likely spend most of your time meeting with clients in person to discuss their financial plans. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, you’d monitor your clients’ accounts, recommend investments, and help clients plan for specific circumstances. Just as the health care industry will benefit from baby boomer retirees, this industry will, too. Why? Because according to the Department of Labor, the aging population will likely seek financial planning advice as they reach retirement. As a result, the Department predicts a 32 percent job growth from 2010 to 2020. That’s equivalent to 66,400 jobs.

4.  Kindergarten/Elementary School Teacher

Job Details: Kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically plan lessons that teach particular skills like reading and math, prepare students for standardized tests, and enforce classroom rules to teach children proper behavior, the Department of Labor says.  Kindergarten and elementary school teachers will see a 17 percent increase in employment, or 281,500 jobs, from 2010 to 2020. This growth is due in large part to declines in student-teacher ratios and an increase in enrollment.

5. Paralegal

Job Details: Paralegals typically do a variety of tasks to help lawyers prepare for trial. This includes investigating cases, conducting research, and drafting correspondence, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  As employers try to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of legal services, they are expected to hire more paralegals, the Department of Labor says. The Department predicts that paralegals will see an 18 percent job growth, or 46,900 jobs, adding that a paralegal’s work is less likely to be offshored, which is great news for people who are looking for potential stability.

6. Software Developer

Job Details: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, software developers generally recommend software upgrades for existing programs, ensure that software continues to function through testing and maintenance, and collaborate with other computer specialists.  Because mobile technology requires new applications, and the health care industry is increasing its use of computer systems, the Department of Labor projects software developers to see a 30 percent job growth between 2010 and 2020, which is equal to 270,900 jobs.

Who me?  Well, since none of the aforementioned careers fit me–a right-brain, flittery, colorful, misfit–I will most likely be painting canvases and writing non/fiction pieces while grunting at power career people as they pass me by in their business suits. 

Unemployment Doldrums

18 Jun
Photo credit: USDailyReview
When I’m broke, as in financially, I notice things about myself (and often others) that are rather disturbing.
1. Stay-at-home moms annoy me. Sure they do. With their tank sized SUV’s and soccer stickers and My kid is an honor roll student at Fill-in-the-Blank Middle School bumper stickers. With their casual slow turns at intersections at 1:45 p.m. in the afternoons. With their husband’s job paying for their food, maxi pads, Cheeze-Its, electricity, DVR access, water, lip gloss, gargantuan SUV.
(Disclaimer: Before you get your britches in a bunch, I do realize how hard some stay-at-home moms work; I realize it’s considered a full-time job, etc. I didn’t say it was all cake and gravy but the above growl pertains how it pertains. And, ahem, I did say it was “disturbing” to me how I view some things while financially broke. So there!)
2. People with jobs who complain about the taxes they have to pay on $5,000 Christmas bonuses.
3. People at the bank who glare down at you in the drive-thru window as you hand them rolled coins and they have the audacity to ask you if you’re depositing the aforementioned coins. Meanwhile your muffler is so loud, your engine is shrieking obscenities so outlandish that they can barely hear your response.
4. The reel that plays over and over in my head. What if I get sick? I don’t have health insurance. Working for $8-10 an hour before taxes cannot be the death of me. After all, people in [insert poor ravaged country] work for much less.  How can I pull out my own “wisdom” tooth? ANOTHER tire is flat on my car? Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!
5. I wonder if the dollar store is having a sale.
6. What’s it like to have $5 million? Or one million? Or–or–or $1,000?
7. People who buy lobster salad with nary a care of how much it costs per ounce really annoy me in the deli line where I get my cheese slices for my cheese sandwiches. I mean, they don’t even look at the price. And it’s like $12 per ounce.
8. All of the celebrities with their multimillion-dollar paydays to finish a scene that took sixteen cuts to get it right really annoy me. I’m not jealous; I’m severely annoyed.
Low pay and/or unemployment sucks. Big-time.
When I crawl get out of this mess I will do everything in my power to never revisit it.
Still gnashing teeth in D.C.