Decline in Employment Rates by State Since 2007
September 2, 2011
Every state has lost jobs since the start of the Great Recession – some more so than others. Declines in industry in states like North Carolina, Michigan, and Indian have driven the employment losses, while others like California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah and Florida have not made up for losses in construction following the housing crisis. This map shows the decline in employment-to-population ratio by state since the recession began in 2007. This ratio measures the fraction of the working-age population that is either unemployed or out of the labor force and provides the broadest measure of the health of the labor market.