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Being unemployed is never easy, but where you live may determine how hard or easy your time out of work will be, and now a new report reveals which states are the best and worst for those seeking new employment.

GoBankingRates has come out with a list of the best and worst states for unemployed job seekers, looking at three key factors, employment growth rate, the unemployment rate, and the number of weeks a resident can collect unemployment.

Overall, Colorado is the best state to be unemployed in, having the country’s highest employment growth rate (3.14%), and the fifth lowest unemployment rate (2.9%)

Top Ten Best States To Be Unemployed In

  1. Colorado
  2. Utah
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Idaho
  5. Tennessee
  6. Minnesota
  7. Vermont
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Texas
  10. New Hampshire 

On the flipside, Missouri is the absolute worst state to be unemployed in, since it only offers 13 weeks of unemployment insurance, which is half the time most states offer. Plus, it has the eighth-lowest employment rate (-0.38%).

Top Ten Worst States To Be Unemployed In

  1. Missouri
  2. Alaska
  3. North Carolina
  4. Kansas
  5. Florida
  6. Connecticut
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Arkansas
  9. Michigan
  10. Georgia

Source: GoBankingRates

Most people will tell you that first dates can be awkward, but every once in awhile they can be perfect, downright fun, or even crazy. Well, now a new thread on the anonymous Whisper app has folks revealing some of the crazy things they did on a first date, and some of them may downright shock you. 

Crazy first dates include:

  • “Once I had sex in Central Park in NYC on a first date.”
  • “Craziest thing I’ve ever done on a first date? Leave, go to a bar and get wasted and then wake up next to my ex. Oops…”
  • “First date we got tattoos, it was dope how it went down though.”
  • “I went skinny dipping on a first date with a dude I met off Tinder.”
  • “I once “'went to the bathroom' and left on a first date. He began telling me how things were going to be when we were married…I had to bounce.”
  • “I once did the Naked Bicycle Race in Portland on a first date. It was very Portland of us.”
  • “I once allowed a piece of crap dude to take me to Wendy’s for our first date because he got an employee discount. Man, I used to have low self worth.”
  • “A girl once took me tubing down a river for our first date. We ended up banging on the tube while floating down the river. It was so hot.”
  • “I once babysat a dude while he vomited in my guest bathroom all night. It was our first date.”
  • “I was once so nervous on a first date that I vomited on my own dress. I tried to pull it off by laughing all cute but nope, didn’t work.”
  • “I once left a girl to pay the bill while I snuck off to the bathroom, but actually left. It was our first date too. But to be fair, she seemed a little crazy.” 

Source: Whisper

While lots of offices require men to wear a jacket and tie, workplaces may want to rethink that policy if they want to get the best out of their male employees. A new study suggests that neckties aren’t good for men’s brains, which could make some men very happy if it means never wearing a tie again.

Believe it or not, a study out of Germany claims that neckties could be detrimental to work performance because they compress the veins that are important for blood flow to the brain. Researchers discovered this by looking at 30 men,15 in a tie, and 15 not in a tie, and noting that during an MRI scan there was a significant drop in brain function for those in ties, because of a blood flow decrease of about 7.5%.

While workers likely don’t notice any obvious symptoms when they wear their ties, the researchers believe it could be enough to affect cognitive function.

Source: Daily Mail

A lot of us wish we had those perfectly flat abs we’re used to seeing on models and other famous faces, but doing a few crunches now and again isn’t going to make them suddenly appear on our bodies. In addition to exercise, what you’re eating could get you one step closer to those envious abs, and now Ella Magers, author of “The Six Weeks to Sexy Abs Meal Plan,” is revealing what to add to your diet if flat abs are your goal.

Food that help you get flat abs include: 

  • Leafy Greens – Magers likes them because they are “nutrient-dense” and “calorie light.”
  • Avocado – It’s a healthy fat that can be a good substitute for mayo.
  • Fresh Fruit - Fruit is packed with nutrients, and Magers recommends eating a variety. She adds that early in the day it will give you a quick boost of energy.
  • Chickpeas – They are high in fiber and protein.
  • Flaxseed meal – It adds fiber, protein and omega 3s to your diet, and is better than regular flaxseed cause it’s easier to digest.
  • Fresh vegetable juice, especially green juice – It can give your digestive system a break, because you get all the nutrients of veggies, with less of an effort to digest them.
  • Portobello Mushrooms – A great meat substitute that’s filling and has low calories.
  • Any nut milk – Dairy isn’t good for promoting flat abs, so nut milk is a great replacement.
  • Tempeh – Magers says it’s a “great fat blaster that’s packed with protein.”
  • Dates – Magers calls them “perfect whole food and are full of fiber,” and adds that they are a great substitute for sugar.
  • Farro – An ancient grain that has twice the calcium as quinoa, plus it has a delicious nutty flavor.

Source: Today 

These days we’ve been hearing a lot about animals that assist people, and in most cases it isn’t always positive, especially when it comes to airlines limiting which animals they will and won’t allow on planes. But the truth is, some animals are truly needed by people, and in a lot of cases people are getting the wrong idea about service animals, emotional support animals and more. 

Common misconceptions include:

  • Service animals, support animals and therapy animals are the same – Service animals have specific jobs and are trained for them, like guiding blind people, or helping deaf people hear doorbells. Some are even trained to help people with psychiatric disorders, like PTSD. Emotional support animals provide comfort for their owners, and aren’t necessarily trained to perform tasks, while therapy animals are trained to interact with people but not necessarily specific people. 
  • Service animals are always dogs – In addition to dogs, the Americans with Disabilities Act lists miniature horses as service animals, although the Air Carriers Act, with regards to travel, says “any animal” can be considered a service animal, except for spiders, snakes and unusual species.
  • Emotional support animals can go anywhere service animals are allowed – In truth, while service animals have a lot of access to public places, emotional support animals are more restricted on where they’re allowed, with restaurants, stores and more allowed to bar them from coming in. 
  • Airlines can demand a letter from a doctor for your service animal – Actually, they aren’t allowed to, but they can ask if your animal is a service animal and what work they perform for you. Although they can ask for documentation from a mental health professional if it’s a psychiatric animal. 
  • Real service animals have been certified, registered and professionally trained – Actually there’s no national certification or registry for service animals. 
  • A service animal or emotional support animal vest is a sign of legitimacy – Nope, and in fact, anyone can purchase a service animal vest, or even tag online. It’s a dog’s actions, not what they wear, that tell you if they are a real service animal.
  • If you’re sitting next to a big support animal on a flight, you just have to deal with it – Support animals aren’t are supposed to sit on the floor and can’t block the aisle, but if it’s so big you can try and get moved, but it’s up to the flight attendant.

Source: The Washington Post

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