To determine the hardest states to find full-time work, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed average underemployment rates from Q2 2018 – Q1 2019 as measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The underemployment rate is the total number of unemployed job seekers, discouraged and other marginally attached workers, and people settling for part-time jobs as a share of the labor force. Also from the BLS, we reviewed average annual wages, employment, employment growth, and the size of the labor force from 2017 through 2018. Socioeconomic indicators, including poverty and educational attainment rates came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey. GDP growth and contribution to GDP growth by industry came from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and are for the period 2017 to 2018.
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