A couple of interesting data points from the folks at Gallup:
1) Energy producing states lead Gallup's Job Creation Index, a measure of the country's top job markets. The index is based on aggregated data on companies' hiring activities the first half of 2011. Gallup says three of these, North Dakota, Oklahoma and West Virginia, have been on its list of the 10 best state job markets since 2008.
2) Gallup's employment index, measuring the percentage of U.S. adults who are unemployed (9.0 percent) and underemployed (18.2). The second number is people out of work and those who are part-time but want to work full-time.
Here's how the two are linked: the energy sector, job creation and policy decisions that would let the first one drive the second.
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