2) Because of the natural gas and oil boom in North Dakota, unemployment is well less than 4% in that state. You could earn 100k if you can drive a truck and well over that if you know a trade skill. Walmarts are advertising $15/hr + because they literally can't find the help. If you were unemployed for a while, could you make the cultural and physical move?
3) is 2013 the end of LJ?