There are a few ways to view the country's average unemployment rate of 8.14% with a month to go in 2012.
The optimist would cite the improvement over the previous three years (8.95% average in 2011; 9.63% in 2010; 9.28% in 2009 ).
Others might say 8.14% is still too high, especially considering the country's national unemployment rate was 5.8% just four years ago in 2008.
Looking for a job is a process that can take a fair amount of time, regardless of location. Many Americans are going back to school to pursue a college degree to put themselves in the best position to secure a job. Competition remains fierce.
After thinking about our country's employment situation, I began to wonder: Which U.S. states are creating the most jobs during this time?
I located a report from CNBC.com that researched this question. Keep in mind, this report simply listed the states that produced the most new jobs in 2012 - not the states with the most populous employment totals.
Here are the top 10 U.S. states that created the most new jobs in 2012, according to the report:
Net job creation: 37,000
CNBC cited Oklahoma having more than 1,300 companies in the oil and natural gas sector.
Net job creation: 38,100
Tennessee is the home of major Volkswagen and Nissan plants, in addition to FedEx headquarters and a major Amazon.com distribution center.
Net job creation: 43,700
Naturally, Virginia benefits from being located close to Washington, DC, our nation's capital. The report cited 1,600 companies listed under the defense category.
Net job creation: 48,400
Heavy hitters Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing led the list of major organizations responsible for the uptick of jobs created in Washington.
Net job creation: 50,100
Not surprisingly, Ford Motor Company was the primary reason for Michigan appearing in the top six. The report also said Michigan "continued to bleed jobs in construction." Powerful combination.
Net job creation: 50,300
The Sunshine State is home to AutoNation, CSX, Darden Restaurants and Jabil Circuits. Interestingly, CNBC said the state is offering economic incentives to big and small companies looking to add jobs through expansion or new facilities.
4. New Jersey
Net job creation: 50,700
The Garden State is a popular location for Standard & Poor's 500 (stock market index) organizations, such as Automatic Data Processing (ADP), an Information Technology powerhouse.
3. New York
Net job creation: 135,000
CNBC said New York benefited from a boost in service jobs in 2012. Moreover, the report cited a plethora of Information Technology start-ups that have created more jobs as well.
Net job creation: 211,500
Not incredibly surprising, right? California experienced growth in construction and financial activities jobs in 2012. CNBC cited Palo Alto-based Facebook as going on a hiring binge this past year, which boosted the amount of jobs created as well.
Net job creation: 237,500
The Lone Star State, due to its vast size, is able to house several national headquarters in cities like Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. Houston is the leader of creating jobs in Texas and is the home of ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, BakerHughes and Schlumberger. Texas also led the country in producing new mining and logging jobs.
Is this list what you expected? Do any of our readers live in any of these 10 states? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.
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About the author: Eric Sorrentino joined Grantham University as Social Media Manager in October 2011. Prior to that, he blogged about Big 12 Conference athletics for KUsports.com and was a sports copy editor for the Lawrence Journal-World. Eric received his bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.