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SD, Northern Plains sit on the 'Axis of Employment'

Call it the "Axis of Employment." Only in this case, the axis represents good, not evil.

Trace a line down U.S. 281 from Hansboro, North Dakota to Armour, South Dakota to Red Cloud, Nebraska.

Draw another line along Interstate 80 from Omaha, Nebraska to Cheyenne, Wyoming to Salt Lake City Utah.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics latest unemployment numbers, both sides of those lines are the best places to look for a job, as North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Utah have the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Vermont, in the northeast corner of the United States, is the only other lowest unemployment state the does not lie upon the "Axis of Employment"

All these states have unemployment rates nearly 2.5 percent lower than the national rate of 6.3 percent. They have rates at 3.9 percent or lower, according to the BLS.

Throw in some additional low unemployment states—Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Montana, Idaho and Minnesota, which have unemployment rates at least half a percent better than the national rate. Their better than 6.3 percent unemployment rates expand the "Axis of Employment" from Davenport, Iowa to the east and from Hidalgo, Texas to the south.

Unfortunately, the western terminus of the "Axis of Employment" ends abruptly at Nevada, which has the second highest unemployment rate in the nation at 8 percent.

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