Kentucky is among the worst markets for job seekers, with 5.53 unemployed workers for each job opening posted online.
That's according to a new analysis of the job market by Juju.com, a search engine that compares traditional unemployment rates with the number of online job postings that it finds in each state.
The worst market is Michigan, where there are 8.24 unemployed workers for each job posted on the Internet.
Michigan and Kentucky are in stark contrast to Washington, D.C., which has more jobs posted online than people seeking to fill them.
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The result is imperfect, of course, because Juju.com can tally only the jobs for which there are online listings — and because many people compete for jobs beyond their own states. But the analysis provides a new way of determining which parts of the country might be most — and least — attractive for job seekers.
Not only is Washington faring well, but both of its neighbors, Maryland and Virginia, also have strong job markets, with fewer than two unemployed workers for each job listing. Nebraska and North Dakota, with about two job seekers per opening, round out the top five.
In addition to Kentucky and Michigan, Juju.com found that the worst job markets are in Idaho (6.28 seekers per opening), Mississippi (6.41) and Nevada (6.9).
To see the report, go to Tiny.cc/ps51p.