The Unemployment Rate In Every State, Before And After The Great Recession
It's been five years since the recession ended, and the unemployment rate in most states is still higher than it used to be.
Here's a state-by-state look at how unemployment in the years before the recession compares with unemployment now.
A few striking things about the graph:
Caveat: The unemployment rate, as you probably know already, doesn't tell the whole story of what's happening in the labor market. It only counts people who are working or actively looking for a job. It doesn't count those who have given up looking for work, or who have retired. And the share of adults actively looking for work has fallen since the recession.
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