April 2009 Unemployment

One can find the unemployment rates for April (adjusted for the season) over here. I find the first five listed (with the lowest rates) to be most interesting. Here they are:

1 NORTH DAKOTA 4.0
2 NEBRASKA 4.4
3 WYOMING 4.5
4 SOUTH DAKOTA 4.8
5 IOWA 5.1

The rest of our stately neighbors may be found as follows:

8 MONTANA 6.0
30 MINNESOTA 8.1

With the exception of Minnesota (which is arguably the least business-friendly state of all listed above based on tax rates, business regulations, etc) South Dakota and its neighbors are doing pretty well.