The employment outlook continues to improve across the state. In 2003 and 2004, 10,000 jobs were added each year. The unemployment rate is very consistent, remaining at 4.8% for 2005 and 2006. Earnings have also increased, up 1.9% from 2003 to 2004.
Education standards remain high across the state. There are 684 schools statewide. The state spends $9,638 per student on education yearly. In 2004, 69% of schools met the new criteria for educational standards set forth by the No Child Left behind Act. The graduation rate has also increased. In 2000, it was at 85.4%, up from 79.8% in 1990.