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Ten States Where People Hate Going to Work

10. West Virginia
> Pct. actively disengaged: 19.3%
> Pct. engaged: 31.7% (16th highest)
> 2012 Unemployment rate: 7.3% (25th highest)
> Work environment: 13th worst

Workers in West Virginia were among the least likely to say that they were satisfied with their job or that they used their strengths at work. No state was rated worse for emotional health. West Virginians were sadder, angrier and more stressed than Americans living anywhere else last year. Despite all this, and the fact that 19.3% of workers in West Virginia were actively disengaged, 31.7% of employees stated they were engaged in their work — above the 30.3% nationwide.

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9. Illinois
> Pct. actively disengaged: 19.5%
> Pct. engaged: 27.7% (5th lowest)
> 2012 Unemployment rate: 8.9% (10th highest)
> Work environment: 23rd worst

Only 27.7% of workers in Illinois indicated engagement with their work in 2012, the fifth lowest percentage of all states. Nearly 22% of employees did not think their supervisor created a trusting environment, among the highest percentages of all states. Like most states on this list, joblessness has been more of an issue for Illinois than the country as a whole. The state’s 8.9% unemployment rate in 2012 was among the top 10 in the country. Meanwhile, the underemployment rate of 19.2% was well above the national 17.5% rate.

8. Michigan
> Pct. actively disengaged: 19.6%
> Pct. engaged: 28.7% (15th lowest)
> 2012 Unemployment rate: 9.1% (8th highest)
> Work environment: 16th worst

Michigan had one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates in 2012, at 9.1%. According to Gallup, last year only 41% of the population worked full time for an employer, one of the lowest figures in the nation. Worse, nearly 20% of residents were underemployed, meaning they wanted a full-time job but had either only part-time work or none at all. This was also among the highest rates in the United States. Possibly because of the lack of desirable work, many employees were stuck in jobs they found unsatisfying. Only the residents of four states were more likely to tell Gallup they were unsatisfied with their job.

7. New York
> Pct. actively disengaged: 19.6%
> Pct. engaged: 28.6% (14th lowest)
> 2012 Unemployment rate: 8.5% (13th highest)
> Work environment: 6th worst

Among all Americans polled, New York residents were the least likely to indicate they were satisfied with the job. Moreover, a smaller proportion of New York workers felt their supervisor created a trusting environment than any other state except Connecticut. New York was one of just two states actually to see an increase in unemployment between 2011 and 2012. The unemployment rate in New York was 8.5%, among the highest in the country. This could be weighing down on New Yorkers in their overall well-being, as New Yorkers were the least likely Americans to tell Gallup they had recently been happy.

6. Vermont
> Pct. actively disengaged: 19.7%
> Pct. engaged: 26.9% (2nd lowest)
> 2012 Unemployment rate: 5.0% (4th lowest)
> Work environment: 24th worst

Unlike other states where a high percentage of workers were actively disengaged in their job, Vermont had an especially low unemployment rate. Last year, just 5.0% of Vermont workers were unemployed, versus 8.1% across the United States. But while the state’s job market was especially strong, just under 27% of workers were engaged in their job — less than all but one other state. While a large proportion of workers said they were satisfied in their jobs, residents were among the least likely to claim they used their strengths at work, were treated like a partner, or worked in a trusting environment.

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