The State Column is reporting new statistics that support the fact that the employment outlook is improving for workers looking for jobs. Unemployment rates are continuing to drop according to a recent Labor Department reports. The rates have dropped in 21 states while rising in 17 and remaining stagnant in 12. Hiring has also increased in 34 states while only decreasing in 16. This is encouraging have many states have struggled to actually see positive effects from the improving economy. Many states have felt that while the economy has reportedly been improving, the actual situation workers face on the ground has been stagnant, and these numbers show that his is slowly improving.
Arkansas is an example of a state where the employment landscape is looking better than it has in years. Unemployment in that state has fallen below 7 percent for the first time in over five years to 6.9 percent for the previous month. This is important because the Obama administration has used the 7 percent mark has an indicator of whether or not individual states and the country as a whole are seeing a return to the economic prosperity it enjoyed prior to the economic downturn.
The national unemployment rate fell below this mark for the second straight month, and is reported as being at 6.7 percent for the month of March. Officials are reporting that this number has held study due to the fact that an employee was hired for nearly every person that entered the job market that month.
The drop in overall unemployment is expected to help Obama’s image among Democrats as many of them are involved in difficult mid-term election races in 2014. Obama has expected that the outcome of these races will draw largely upon the types of economic conditions that voters are having to deal with in their own lives.