Unemployment rates in states with the greatest need for dental practitioners

Several states experiencing an acute shortage of dental practitioners are also struggling with unemployment.

Of the 10 states the Kaiser Family Foundation listed as having the greatest shortage of dental practitioners, six have unemployment rates higher than the national average of 3.2 percent.

In September, the Kaiser Family Foundation examined states facing a shortage of dental practitioners. For an area to be considered as having a shortage of dental providers, the population-to-provider ratio must be at least 5,000 to 1, or 4,000 to 1 if there are unusually high needs in the community.

And in July, personal finance website WalletHub analyzed changes in unemployment rates throughout the U.S. Read more about its methodology here.

Here are the 10 states with the highest number of practitioners needed to remove the health professional shortage area designation from high to low along with their unemployment rate as of June:

1. Florida — 1,268

Unemployment rate: 2.8 percent

2. New York — 656

Unemployment rate: 4.4 percent

3. North Carolina — 620

Unemployment rate: 3.4 percent

4. Illinois — 465

Unemployment rate: 4.5 percent

5. Texas — 445

Unemployment rate: 4.1 percent

6. Georgia — 432

Unemployment rate: 2.9 percent

7. Tennessee — 405

Unemployment rate: 3.3 percent

8. Arizona — 399

Unemployment rate: 3.3 percent

9. Alabama — 376

Unemployment rate: 2.6 percent

10. Missouri — 365

Unemployment rate: 2.8 percent

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