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Published:March 3rd, 2011 11:47 EST
Best and Worst Places to Find Jobs

Best and Worst Places to Find Jobs

By Ron G Anselm

Every day I anxiously watch the television and newspapers for the current jobless numbers like it was a job itself. Needless-to-say, my story isn`t much different than the next guys.  The last company that I worked for went under and I was laid off. I am the type of guy that will do what I have to do in order to survive and I also plan ahead for the worst.  I guess you could say I am one of those people that expect the worst and hope for the best.  This is something I learned to do on the streets at what I like to call hard knock University.


With the limited number of jobs out there and the job market moving up and down like a bouncing ball you really have to watch where most jobs are being created. We all dream of a flourishing economy which we once had and I know that we will return to eventually but for the time being to be able to work and have a job you have to look elsewhere or step out of your comfort zone and take a big chance.


This is tough for a lot of people to do because most people stay in their comfort zone but since we are now living in different times when it comes to jobs to be able to grow or even survive; that comfort zone has to be expanded.


I used to live in sort of a comfort zone myself although growing up hard and going through the military I learned not to be afraid to take a chance and my comfort zone was not that comfortable.


A little story that really helped me was when I was unemployed in the past I was dealing with a job placement service. Since the person I was dealing with had gone through a lot of the same things that I did when it came to jobs told me to go to the Library and read the book titled "Who Moved my Cheese." Since I had nothing but time on my hands I decided to take their advice and head to the nearest Library to read the book.


I read it in about three hours since it really is not that long but does portray a powerful message and helped me to realize a very important point. If you want to get a different result you have to do things differently. You can`t keep doing the same thing to get different results. And this means to step out of your normal comfort zone if you have to.


Sometimes and especially now you may have to look in other areas of the country to find a job and then relocate there. Some of the areas that are the best for jobs or have been the best for jobs the past year and a half have been states like North Dakota, South Dakota and even Alaska. These are states rich in natural resources like natural resources needed for energy so the mining industry and other industries in this sector has created jobs as a result.


Other states that were or are good for finding jobs are Washington, D.C. and Maryland because this is where our Government is located and these states have had a growth of government jobs created.


One state that has grown in jobs and even the type of jobs is Alabama and recently Birmingham was ranked twentieth out of fifty cites per capita for job creation. Most of this area is made up of medical industry jobs and banking. I would not suggest relocating to Alabama because the Deep South to me is a very different entity than the rest of the country.


One area I would like to eventually relocate to and normally is booming with jobs is the Southwest. I once looked on about four years ago under just one of my skill sets and found over ten pages of new jobs that were created there in just one day. Yes, this was four years ago before the recession happened but places like Phoenix, Scottsdale, and even Chandler and Flagstaff normally are right smack dab in the middle of the military contracting industry and places like Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and others are constantly hiring at least hiring for the demand of what I do, Inventory Management, Purchasing, Procurement, Materials, etc. With flourishing areas in the country for jobs comes not so flourishing areas. Some of the bad areas to find jobs are out West.


Places that have been a thorn in the job hunters side are Nevada and my home state of California. I wouldn`t think California would be on the list of one of the worst states to find a job but I guess the local economy in those areas still has a long way to go to get back to normal.


This information changes daily. One place that is great for finding a job may be the worst place for finding a job the next week and so on. Until the job creation grows enough to stabilize the economy the best and worst places to find jobs will change.


We are still on track for a better economy as long as the oil prices don`t rise too high. The unemployment rate has dropped from 9.5 percent where it hovered around the last year and a half to 9 percent last month. And some analyst and economist are predicting that the overall economy could grow as much as 3.5 percent this year but again will depend on some of the world`s events taking place at this time.