Where the jobs are

Try North Dakota, with an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent - just a bit lower than California's 12.3 percent (or L.A. County's 12.4 percent). Agriculture, petroleum, food processing, and tourism are the big industries in North Dakota - and you don't need much education either (only 26 percent of the adult population has a Bachelor's degree or higher). Other states with low unemployment, courtesy of the Business Insider:

--South Dakota 4.4%
--Nebraska 4.7%
--New Hampshire 5.8%
--Vermont 6%
--Hawaii 6.3%
--Kansas 6.5%
--Wyoming 6.7%
--Minnesota 6.8%
--Iowa 6.8%

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