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Recession over? Not in these four cities.

- Staff writer

Kayla Johnson of Sparks, Nev., plays with her one-year-old son Rylen in the Sparks Marina on Sept. 27. The Reno area hit 94 to set a new record high for the day. Fewer people are now working in the Reno-Sparks metro area than at any time in the past 13 years. (David B. Parker/Reno Gazette-Journal/AP/File)

3. Reno, Nev. – 3.6 percent decline

"The Biggest Little City in the World" is getting smaller in terms of its workforce. In the past year, the Reno-Sparks metro area has lost 7,000 workers and now has fewer people working than at any time since 1997. Unemployment has edged up to 13.6 percent, up from 12.4 percent a year ago. Gaming revenues and tourism have edged down in the past year, although taxable sales are up slightly.