Ten States Where People Hate Going to Work

5. Kentucky
> Pct. actively disengaged: 19.8%
> Pct. engaged: 32.1% (15th highest)
> 2012 Unemployment rate: 8.2% (18th highest)
> Work environment: 20th worst

Compared to most states, a smaller proportion of Kentuckians reported satisfaction with their job or that they were treated with respect in the past day. Less than 58% of Kentuckians said they learned something new or interesting in the past day, the second lowest percentage of all states. Fortunately for Kentucky, more workers reporting feeling engaged than most states.

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4. Pennsylvania
> Pct. actively disengaged: 20.0%
> Pct. engaged: 28.6% (13th lowest)
> 2012 Unemployment rate: 7.9% (21st highest)
> Work environment: 17th worst

Pennsylvania was one of just four states in which at least one in five workers claimed they were actively disengaged in their work. At 7.9% unemployment rate last year, the state was one of just two on this list — along with Vermont — that had an unemployment rate below the national number. Despite its relatively good employment picture, residents still had negative assessments of their work environment. Residents were less likely than most Americans to report having used their strengths at work or were treated like a partner.

3. New Jersey
> Pct. actively disengaged: 20.0%
> Pct. engaged: 28.3% (9th lowest)
> 2012 Unemployment rate: 9.5% (5th highest)
> Work environment: 2nd worst

Just 28.3% of New Jersey workers were engaged with their work, the ninth lowest percentage of all states. A lower percentage of workers indicated that they were satisfied with their job than any other state except for New York. In addition, the proportion of New Jersey workers who said they were able to use their strengths at work was lower than all but two other states. The unemployment rate in 2012 was 9.5%, the fifth highest in the country and up from 9.4% in 2011.

2. Connecticut
> Pct. actively disengaged: 20.2%
> Pct. engaged: 28.5% (11th lowest)
> 2012 Unemployment rate: 8.4% (15th highest)
> Work environment: 22nd worst

Connecticut’s gross domestic product shrank by 0.1% in 2012, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, making it the only state where output did not rise last year. Although the state’s 8.4% unemployment rate was only slightly worse than the 8.1% national rate, by some measures Connecticut’s job market was one of the nation’s worst. The state received one of the lowest scores from Gallup for job creation in 2012. Just 29.9% of workers claimed their employers were hiring, among the lowest figures in the nation last year, while 19.2% claimed their employers were letting people go, among the highest in the nation.

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1. Rhode Island
> Pct. actively disengaged: 21.0%
> Pct. engaged: 27.7% (6th lowest)
> 2012 Unemployment rate: 10.4% (3rd highest)
> Work environment: The worst

No state had a higher percentage of workers that were actively disengaged than Rhode Island. Meanwhile, only 27.7% of workers were engaged, among the lowest in the country. The proportion of Rhode Island workers who indicated satisfaction with their job was lower than all but three other states. Rhode Island was the only state where less than 80% of workers indicated that they used their strengths at work. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 10.4% in 2012, higher than all but two other states.

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