Many of the states with the lowest unemployment rates have young workforces and multifaceted economies.
It's not just child care and health issues. Many people are looking at their old jobs and saying no thanks.
The economy is steadily improving, but we're not back to "normal."
Jobless claims and retail spending data out Thursday suggest that the economy's laying the groundwork for recovery.
The larger trend in jobless claims is down, while airline reservations and manufacturing work shifts are up.
More people are relying on gig work, which puts a lot of risk on the workers themselves.
More Americans are returning to the labor market. But more are also joing the ranks of the long-term unemployed.
No state lets people stay on unemployment benefits for more than 26 weeks.
The pandemic has led to churn in the job market — layoffs, rehires and new hires that reflect shifting demand in the economy.