The job market continues to expand at a consistent rate. Between 2003 and 2004, over 35 thousand jobs were created. Earnings also rose 1.2%. In 2005, the year average for state unemployment was 6.8%. It has since dropped, due to more jobs being created and in July of 2006 was at 6.2%. It remains higher than the national average, which is 4.8%.
Across the state, there are 1,172 schools. They spend $7,226 per student each year on education and supplies. The NAEP scores for 4th grade show improvement. In 2003, 79% passed math basic requirements and in 2005 81% passed. In 2003, 68% of 8th graders passed the basic requirements and 71% in 2005. The graduation rate continues to climb and was 74.3% in 2005.