#12 California: Jobseeker Michael Williams flashes a 'hang loose' sign as he stands on an exit ramp in Irvine, Calif. to advertise himself to the job market. For the Golden State, the 2000s have been a bust. The last time, California had fewer workers on the job, people were gripped with millennial fervor and worried about the Y2K bug (December 1999).
Many African-Americans look past the controversies and cosmetic surgery to his achievements as a barrier-breaking musical star.
The 'King of Pop' used the music channel to moonwalk his way to fame. But his decline, too, was precipitated by the way TV amplified his peculiarities.
Independent drivers have been hit especially hard, and some will be forced out of business.