Here is a decent interactive chart that permits a comparison of the unemployment rates of any 5 states. The article containing the chart is found here.
Chicken or the egg? "States hit hardest by the housing crisis recorded the highest jobless rates in the country, with Nevada leading the nation at 13.4% in August and California next at 12.1%."
It doesn't look good, but that doesn't deter the city of Portland that wants to spend nearly $62 mil on a downtown Sustainability Center project. Not a job in sight.