Will President Obama be Asking, “Help me find a Job” Soon? Not if Battleground State Unemployment Figures are any Indication

October 24, 2012

Changing Careers, Job Hunt

Get Hired Fast - help me find a jobPres. Obama might not be asking, “Help me find a job” early next year thanks to some interesting unemployment numbers.

According to a recent post on the New York Times blog, the unemployment numbers in most battelground states – those states crucial to Obama’s hopes to fend off challenger Mitt Romney – are falling.

According to the story, the unemployment rate in Florida fell 1.7 percent in September to 8.7. In Nevada, the rate fell 1.8 percent to 11.8 percent, while in Ohio it went down 1.6 percent to 7 percent.

And the President’s good news didn’t end there. The unemployment rate in North Carolina fell 1.1 percent to 9.6 percent and it dipped 0.7 percent in Iowa to 5.2 percent. In Virginia, another key battleground state, the unemployment rate fell 0.4 percent to 5.9 percent.

Still Challenging Times

Of course, even with the unemployment rate falling, job seekers in these key states still need job search advice. That’s because even with the recent dips, the unemployment rates in these states are still too high.

For instance, job seekers in Nevada are still dealing with an unemployment rate of 11.8 percent, far above the national average. It’s not unusual, then, that so many people here need help finding a job. And the unemployment rates in Florida and North Carolina are rather imposing, too.

Job Search Advice

The key in all of these states remains networking skills. Only through networking with business associates will job hunters crack the hidden job market where those jobs that are never advertised on Craigslist or Monster.com reside.

These are the jobs that don’t attract hundreds of applicants and they are the jobs that tend to pay the most and offer the most rewarding work. To find out about them, you usually need a connection, such as a personal introduction from one business professional to another. The only way to get this connection? Through networking.

Tools for Troubled Times

Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will be fine no matter who wins this November’s presidential election, but you might still need job search advice.

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